Memorial Moscow threatened with closure


The International Association of Labour History Institutions (IALHI) views with considerable concern judicial moves within Russia to close down Memorial.  The Foreign Agents Act is being used to threaten Memorial’s continued existence. 

Memorial is a much valued member of IALHI and its existence is vital to the maintenance of a disinterested archival record of Russian social and political history.  The Memorial archives and library resources exist to give Russian researchers and the international research community unique information vital to historical research.  Memorial’s mission is shared by all of IALHI’s members.  Archives are fundamental to every country’s cultural heritage and their preservation is essential.  IALHI urges a solution which will enable Memorial to continue its vital work.

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