Russia – Liquidation of the country’s oldest human rights organization (25 January 2023)


The decision taken the day before yesterday by the Moscow City Court to order the liquidation of Russia’s oldest human rights organization, the Moscow Helsinki Group, marks a new step backward for fundamental freedoms in Russia.

Since 1976, this organization has been doing invaluable work to ensure that the Soviet and then Russian authorities abide by fundamental rights and freedoms in accordance with the Helsinki Final Act of 1975.

France once again denounces the Russian authorities’ crackdown on those who are still speaking freely about the human rights situation in Russia and those who are criticizing the government and its war of aggression against Ukraine.