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The reason why the Russian Ministry of Justice asked the country's the Supreme Court to liquidate the historical and civil rights group Memorial, because the organization has repeatedly and grossly violated Russian law, the Ministry's press service told RIA Novosti Monday.

MOSCOW, October 13 (RIA Novosti) - The reason why the Russian Ministry of Justice asked the country's the Supreme Court to liquidate the historical and civil rights group Memorial, because the organization has repeatedly and grossly violated Russian law, the Ministry's press service told RIA Novosti Monday.

The Russian Ministry of Justice's lawsuit was registered in the Supreme Court on September 24 and the hearing is scheduled for November 13.

"Due to the repeated and gross violations of the provisions of the Constitution of Russian Federation and the legislation of Russian Federation, on 17.09.2014 The Russian Ministry of Justice has sent to the Russian Supreme Court a statement for the dissolution of the all-Russian pubic organization 'Russian Historical, Educational, Human Rights and Charitable Society Memorial' under Article 44 of the Russian Federal Law 'On Public Associations'," said the press service.

The Ministry said that screenings, conducted in December 2012 showed that the Memorial society had no all-Russian status, the organization's statutory activity was not documented and that the Memorial did not always comply with the regulations from its own statute. The organization has been warned by the Ministry of Justice, but failed to eliminate these violations.

Over the past years, International Memorial has focused on monitoring human rights in Russia and other post-Soviet countries.

Earlier in October, the chief of Memorial's Moscow chapter said the society was going to appeal the suit at many court levels, including the Constitutional Court.

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