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Russian NGO That Created Gulag Museum Fined Under 'Foreign Agent' Law


The group created the Museum of Political Repressions in 1992 in Perm on land that formerly had been a gulag prison camp known as Perm 36.

The group created the Museum of Political Repressions in 1992 in Perm on land that formerly had been a gulag prison camp known as Perm 36.

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
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