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By Tom Parfitt, Moscow
5:57PM BST 12 Oct 2014
Russia's justice ministry is moving to close down the country's most respected human rights group in what critics say is the latest attempt to stifle criticism of the Kremlin.
The ministry has applied to the country's supreme court to "liquidate" Memorial, which is known for its scrupulous documenting of Joseph Stalin's repressions, as well as for highlighting abuse of civilians in Chechnya and other rights violations.
On the same day, the Russian state-controlled NTV channel ran a smear programme about Memorial, suggesting its employees aided terrorists.
originally posted by: Wide-Eyes
a reply to: Sillyolme
Are they not? I'm pretty sure that destroying statues is destroying history.
originally posted by: Sillyolme
a reply to: strongfp
The wall went up two decades after the war. I went there when it was pretty new. Hadn't been there but I think six or seven years. That was in 1967. I was ten. My uncle was in the army stationed in Fulda . My aunt, a German citizen had family on the other side she had not seen for a while.
I think the wall was in response to communism. To halt it's spread.
Not in response to ww2.
originally posted by: BlackSkinhead
At least you have a very large vibrant history that is well kept and in museums for future generations to learn from. You can trace back to the Roman empires, Vikings, kings and queens of the Victorian times. What ever, you can say them things.
It's ironic that you say this, as part of the very notion you are defending the attack of your history, is to me, and many black people a small part of the larger picture as to how we was stripped of our right to look back within our black history (my history)
Not only were they stripped of freedom, made out to be lesser humans but more than anything our history was completely wiped out of all history books.
You know how hard it is to find people of black heritage that know about our history? The Mali, Axum, songhai and etheopian empires? Black people were stripped of an identity for hundreds of years, culture town apart and erased.
What you say is correct, getting rid of any history is bad as it's there to learn and build from. But just remember what it also represents to other people.