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The Real Russia. Today. Memorial International goes to trial

Source: Meduza

Thursday, November 25, 2021

  • Hundreds gather outside Russia’s Supreme Court for Memorial International trial
  • Law and order: Rashkin loses immunity, Putin fires Kalashnikov, another Team Navalny leader flees abroad, Zuyev gets more charges, and a complaint against Netflix
  • Coal mine fire leaves at least 14 dead, 60 injured in Russia’s Kemerovo region. Dozens of miners remain trapped underground.
  • The pandemic: Peskov corrects Putin, a tussle over QR-code legislation, and Tatarstan eases public transport prerequisites

Law and order

⚖️ Photo of the Day: Memorial on trial (30-second read)

On Thursday, Russia’s Supreme Court began a hearing on the liquidation of Memorial International, the country’s oldest human rights organization. The Attorney General’s Office has accused Memorial of “systematic violations” of the law for allegedly failing to tag its public statements with disclaimers about its “foreign agent” status. Before the start of the hearing on Thursday, more than 300 people gathered outside the Supreme Court, Meduza’s correspondent reported from the scene. Police officers arrested one woman outside the courthouse — she was holding a sign that read “Thank you, Memorial, for remembering us” along with two portraits (presumably of her relatives). The Supreme Court hearing on the prosecutors’ claim will resume on December 14. You can read more about the case against Memorial International here.

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⛑️ Coal mine fire in Siberia: Dozens remain trapped underground (3-minute read)

A fire at the Listvyazhnaya coal mine in Siberia’s Kemerovo region killed at least 11 miners and injured 60 more on Thursday morning. As many as 46 miners remained trapped underground. Rescue workers were carrying out evacuations, but were forced to suspend their search due to the threat of a gas explosion. In addition, one rescue team went missing inside the coal mine. Located in the town of Belovo, the Listvyazhnaya mine is part of SDS Ugol, one of Russia’s largest coal mining enterprises. Investigators have opened a criminal case in connection with the fire, and prosecutors are carrying out checks of the Listvyazhnaya mine and others in the region. The Kemerovo region (also known as Kuzbass) has announced three days of mourning for the dead.

The pandemic

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