On December 22, the second, extended edition of our guidebook “Access to Information in the Russian Federation“ (developed by our staff and edited by Ivan Pavlov) was printed and its e-version published at our website. Printed version is available in our office and e-version (PDF format) can be downloaded from our Russian webpage. The guidebook is designed to provide all Russian citizens with convenient and efficient guides for solving FOI problems. No special knowledge is needed to implement the instructions we provide to get official information one needs.
Concept is developed for the AppSupp (Application Support, in Russian – PoZa, “Podderzhka zayavleniy”) project, aimed to promote governmental transparency by meand of feedback for general public.
On December 20, the St.-Petersburg City Court satisfied a special appeal from a citizen against the “Zhilkomservis #2” housing company that had denied the applicant of access to its activity and financial reports for 2007-2010. The city court obliged the lower-instance Kuibyshevsky district court of St.-Petersburg (that had refused to review the application against the information denial) to examine the case.
The conflict about the Khimki Forest is lasting for years; the problem becomes rather political than environmental. It now touches not only green area protection or assistance to local residents, but also fighting – corruption, authorities, and windmills also. Informational vacuum is fuelling the conflict still more.
On December 15, we completed the concept for the project “Social Monitoring (Public Audit)”.
The Frunzensky district court of St.-Petersburg believes that the Law on Access to Judicial Information covers only information on the court work procedures, and that there is no use to refer to this law in any other case.
On December 8, the Oktyabrsky district court of Arkhangelsk proclaimed in a closed(!) hearing session the introductory clauses and the resolutive parts of the convicting sentence against Alexander Dudarev and of the statement for termination of the criminal case against Prof. Mikhail Suprun. The criminal case against the historian is terminated because the statute of limitation has expired.