A Russian court has fined Perm-36, a nongovernmental group that previously managed the only gulag museum in Russia, for failing to register as a "foreign agent" under a strict Russian law.
The law requires any nongovernmental group that receives funding from abroad and engages in political activity to formally register as a "foreign agent."
On July 22, the Prikamye district court in Perm fined the organization 300,000 rubles (about $5,250).
The court also fined the group's former director, Tatyana Kursina, 100,000 rubles -- about $1,750.
The group created the Museum of Political Repressions in 1992 near Perm on land that formerly had been a gulag prison camp known as Perm-36.
In March, Perm-36 announced it had started the dissolution process after regional officials seized control of the museum.
In April, the Justice Ministry ruled that Perm-36 was a "foreign agent."
Based on reporting by TASS and Interfax