Memorial head fined 100,000 rubles for not complying with foreign agent law
MOSCOW. Nov 6 (Interfax) - Memorial Human Rights Center Board Chairman Alexander Cherkasov has been fined 100,000 rubles for failing to comply with the requirements of the law on foreign agents.
"The Tverskoi District Court of Moscow fined Cherkasov 100,000 rubles for the absence of foreign agent labelling on the Facebook page of the Ingush branch of the organization," the Memorial press service told Interfax on Wednesday.
Lawyers are planning to appeal this decision. Cherkasov denied any wrongdoing and said he believes the foreign agent law "contradicts the Russian Constitution and the European Convention of Human Rights; the materials on the Facebook page are mostly links to the website of the Memorial Human Rights Center, which is labelled accordingly."
On November 1, the Memorial Human Rights Center was fined 300,000 rubles for this offence.
Earlier on Wednesday, International Memorial was fined 300,000 rubles for the absence of foreign agent labelling on the organization's Twitter.
On November 1, in addition to the Memorial Human Rights Center, International Memorial was also fined 300,000 rubles for breaching the law. On October 22, Moscow's Tverskoi District Court fined International Memorial 300,000 rubles for violating the law on foreign agents. International Memorial Board Chairman Jan Rachinsky was fined 100,000 for this violation.
Courts are considering another six decisions on fines for the two organizations.