The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon
The Russian Human Rights Group Memorial is a group devoted to documenting the excesses of Russia and the USSR’s Soviet past but, sometimes, they make criticisms of current excesses on the part of the modern-day government.
NPR is reporting that the Russian Human Rights Group Memorial is under severe scrutiny from the government because Memorial is not reporting who its donors are and Russia has a new law that says that any group that receives foreign funding must register with the government as a “foreign agent”. (Apparently the term “foreign agent” has a lot of negative connotations in Russia.)
Memorial is refusing to sign up as a “foreign agent” and is also refusing to disclose whether it is receiving foreign funding.
From the article:
Orlov says the purpose of the latest inspections appears to be to compile a list of organizations that can be identified as foreign agents and punished for failing to comply with the new law.
The real concern, he says, is that the current campaign will instill fear in organizations that seek to hold the government to account, and scare them into censoring themselves.