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We would like to present a short review of our most ambitious project which involves our experts in all parts of Russia – monitoring of the official websites of public authorities and local governments. This is a story about how expert control improves the work of authorities.
On November 23, the Committee for Civil Initiatives held the All-Russian Civil Forum in Moscow. The Forum, aimed to create actual agenda for consolidation of the civil society activities, gathered about 900 representatives from NGOs of various work scopes.
Ivan Pavlov, FIF Board Chair, took part in the work of the Society discussion site section dedicated to development of public control.
On November 22, 2013, Ivan Pavlov, FIF Board Chair, took part in a meeting of the Public Council under the Federal Service for State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography (Rosreestr).
He presented results of the recent monitoring of websites belonging to the Rosreestr and its regional bodies held by the FIF research team.
On November 22, 2013, Evgeny Smirnov, FIF lawyer, took part in the 12th city forum Social St.-Petersburg; New Solutions – 2013. The forum audience discussed non-profit sector development strategy for nearest future years, the current socio-economical situation, and legislative novelties.
Smirnov spoke as an expert in the Legal Field Novelties: What NGOs Should Get Ready To? He presented a report Prosecution Inspections: Experience, Defense Strategy, and Prospects.
On November 19, Evgeny Smirnov, FIF lawyer, took part in an informational meeting with activists of the Watching Housing and Municipal Utilities project. The event took place in the Open Space of the "St.-Petersburg Watchers".
Smirnov spoke to the meeting audience on legislative basis of access to information in the housing field, paying close attention to the latest novelties. Typical mistakes made by information requestors and leading to formally grounded information denials were analyzed and illustrated by real examples from the FIF practice. Each participant of the meeting was provided with a copy of the Otrkytoe ZhKH (Open Housing) guidebook developed by the FIF.
Afther the meeting, anyone had a possibility to ask specialists questions and to get necessary advice.
Dear Colleagues, Partners, and Friends:
The Freedom of Information Foundation informs on changes in our organization's management structure.
Upon decision of the Foundation Board, since today, the Director position functionality will be divided between two new positions.
Ms Daria Sukhikh, Senior Lawyer and legal team lead, is assigned Executive Director responsible for managing all administrative issues.
Ms Tatyana Tolsteneva, Development Manager, is assigned Program Director responsible for development of the FIF programs and projects.
Ms Elena Golubeva will continue cooperating with our organization as a Board Member.
The Grantmakers East Forum involves representatives of grantmaking organizations working in the Eastern Europe. This annual session of the Forum was dedicated to development of the global movement for global transparency and accountability growth, place and role of NGOs in the movement, and grantmakers' attitude to these processes.