The decision was made “to protect activists.”
Founded by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the public organization “Open Russia” made adecision about self-liquidation. About this reports “Mediazone” with reference to representatives of the movement.
This in no way means that we recognize the claims of the prosecutor’s office and the Ministry of Justice. But if to protect activists it is necessary to eliminate the legal form, we did it.
Andrey Pivovarovmotion chair
The information on the closure was confirmed by Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
Открытая Россия закрыта, ради защиты своих участников от незаконных преследований. Новая организация подана на регистрацию в Минюст. До регистрации мы продолжим работать в рамках образовательного, правозащитного и избирательного проектов. pic.twitter.com/n3WBEQ461E— Ходорковский Михаил (@mich261213) March 31, 2019
On March 26, municipal deputy Sergei Vlasov said that the movement had submitted documents for registration to the Russian public organization Open Russia.
Finding themselves in a situation where Russian citizens in Russia using Russian means have to prove their connection with Russia in order to conduct educational and human rights, exclusively peaceful activities, meetings have been held in 44 regions and documents for registration have been submitted.
Sergey Vlasovmunicipal deputy
On March 22, Roskomnadzor blocked the Open Russia website to collect donations.
In the spring of 2017, the Prosecutor General’s Office recognized Open Russia as an undesirable organization. This happened three days before the rally against Putin, the department then said that the organization arranges actions and projects on the territory of Russia in order to “discredit the results of the elections taking place in Russia and recognize their results as illegitimate”.