Svetlana Gannushkina has been added to the list of “foreign agents”

НАСТОЯЩИЙ МАТЕРИАЛ (ИНФОРМАЦИЯ) ПРОИЗВЕДЕН, РАСПРОСТРАНЕН И (ИЛИ) НАПРАВЛЕН ИНОСТРАННЫМ АГЕНТОМ РЕГИОНАЛЬНОЙ ОБЩЕСТВЕННОЙ БЛАГОТВОРИТЕЛЬНОЙ ОРГАНИЗАЦИЕЙ ПОМОЩИ БЕЖЕНЦАМ И МИГРАНТАМ «ГРАЖДАНСКОЕ СОДЕЙСТВИЕ» ЛИБО КАСАЕТСЯ ДЕЯТЕЛЬНОСТИ ИНОСТРАННОГО АГЕНТА РЕГИОНАЛЬНОЙ ОБЩЕСТВЕННОЙ БЛАГОТВОРИТЕЛЬНОЙ ОРГАНИЗАЦИИ ПОМОЩИ БЕЖЕНЦАМ И МИГРАНТАМ «ГРАЖДАНСКОЕ СОДЕЙСТВИЕ».

The Ministry of Justice has included Svetlana Gannushkina, Chairman of the Civic Assistance Committee and a Board Member of the HRВС Memorial, to the list of foreign agents.

“I can’t say I’m surprised, though I don’t see any reasons to deserve this title. I am not a journalist, I do not write on social media, I defend the rights of refugees, mainly from Ukraine, I do charity work. But I am in good company now. So, we’ll keep living and working as long as we can,” Svetlana commented.

We cannot say that this decision was completely unexpected. After all, the pressure on human rights defenders in general and Civic Assistance in particular has massively increased over the past year. A year ago, we received a letter from the Moscow City Property Department about the termination of the lease agreement for our office without any explanation. Soon the court liquidated the Memorial Human Rights Center* and International Memorial*. During this terrible year, the list of foreign agents has expanded significantly, a number of organizations have been forced to cease operations. At the end of the year, it became known that the authorities filed a lawsuit to liquidate the Moscow Helsinki Group, and the Sakharov Center** was fined 5 million rubles; it is in danger of liquidation too.

At times like these, we turn to our supporters, donors, and like-minded people. What is most important now is to show solidarity and support to those who especially need it, those whom Civic Assistance has been helping for more than 30 years: refugees and migrants.

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