Non-Profit Partnerships Have Legal Right to Exist
In April 2010, the Oktyabrsky district court of Saint-Petersburg made two decisions in favor of two non-profit partnerships, the Regional Press Institute and the Institute for Information Freedom Development (IIFD), and declared unlawful the cautions in their address from the regional head department of the Ministry of Justice.
Both decisions may be called unique: up to now, NGOs regularly lost court cases against the Ministry or its territorial departments. Any caution against a NGO, especially a non-profit partnership, could misbalance its functionality for quite a long time and often resulted in the NGO liquidation.
Ivan Pavlov, the IIFD Board Chair and a legal attorney for both partnerships in these cases, comments: “This is an important precedent; now, the Ministry of Justice should correct its policies concerning NGO inspections”.
As for the regional department of the Ministry, they plan to file cassation appeals to the St.-Petersburg City Court.