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The Russian government is seeking the closure of one of the country’s oldest human rights groups, reports say.
The justice ministry has asked a Moscow court to order that the Russian Human Rights Research Centre be shut down.

The authorities say the move is in response to the NGO’s failure to register any information about its activities for the last five years.

Staff at the centre say they are being targeted as part of a crackdown on groups critical of the Kremlin.

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The Russian Human Rights Research Centre, also known as the Human Rights House in Moscow, is an umbrella organisation for a number of well-known human rights groups, including the Moscow Helsinki Group and Soldiers’ Mothers.

It was founded in 1992 under the initiative of a number of internationally recognised human rights activists who have been operating in the Soviet Union since the 1960s.

Russia ‘to close rights group’