Subscribe to svobodainfo
On October 24, Daria Botalova, FIF Researcher, and Daria Sukhikh, FIF Senior Lawyer, took part in the seminar Participation of Civil Society Institutions in Anti-Corruption Policy Implementation in St.-Petersburg where they spoke on various issues related to current FOI state of affairs in Russia.
On October 17, the Kalininsky district court of St.-Petersburg rejected a claim filed by Mikhail Zolotonosov, a historian, against the decision of the Central State Archive of Historical and Political Documents that had classified a number of documents due to “personal and family secret” reasons.
On October 23, an administrative appeal was filed to the Presidium of the Arkhangelsk Oblast Court. Ivan Pavlov, as attorney of Mikhail Suprun‘s, asks to cancel the decision of the Oktyabrsky district court of Arkhangelsk from Dec 8, 2011, and the cassation definition of the Arkhangelsk Oblast Court from Feb 28, 2012, as well as to terminate the criminal case against Mikhail Suprun due to lack of evidence proving the crime itself.
One More Application to the Constitutional Court on the 30-Year Declassification Term Limit ImplementationSubmitted by Inna Kremen on 23 October, 2012 - 11:52
On October 16, an application was filed to the Constitutional Court of Russia on behalf of Nikita Petrov, a historian supported by the FIF legal team, against provisions of the Federal Law On State Secret Article 13, Paragraphs 1 and 4. The provisions in questions make obstacles for applying the 30-year maximum of data declassification term to materials classified before the Law approval in 1993.
On October 11-12, the VI international professional conference User Experience Russia 2012 took part in Moscow. User-oriented approach to development of governmental Internet resources was one of the event topics.
Zakhar Govin, UX designer of the FIF IT group, represented the FIF at the conference.
On October 16, we published a new analytical review prepared by our specialists and dedicated to the practice of implementing legislation regulating access to archive information. The information is actual for October 2012.
The newly-made amendments to the Law “On Non-Commercial Organizations”, introducing a new legal term “foreign agent“, may seriously affect lots of Russian NGOs, especially human rights groups. The position stated below can support NGOs providing them with arguments against being registered as “organizations performing the functions of foreign agents”. In particular these arguments may be used in courts to protect NGO interests.