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On April 24, the Kirovsky district court of St.-Petersburg fully satisfied the claim of a journalist against the refusal of the Territorial Election Commission No.7 to let him attend a meeting of its preceding the Presidential elections in 2012.
From April 24 to May 17, officials from the Prosecutor General's Office, prosecutor offices of the Russian Federation subjects, and from military and other specialized prosecutor offices (equivalent to regional) will have access to the EXMO system for viewing initial assessment scores for their prosecutor offices' websites, and for online interaction with the FIF research team.
On April 18 and 19, the Moscow City Court rejected two applications from Nikita Petrov, a historian from Moscow, to re-examine due to new evidence earlier decisions on the two cases when the applicant had been denied of declassification of documents stored in the FSB Central Archive.
In theory, an online feedback form on a government body's official website is an easiest way for citizens to contact the body and its officials. Is that so in practice? Our researchers have analyzed large volume of material collected within the monitoring of Russian regional legislative bodies' official websites.
The FIF lawyers have received the definition by the Supreme Court refusing to transfer for review our cassation appeal on a case against court information denial.
We should remind that within this case, our lawyers tried to contest a refusal by a Deputy Chair of the St.-Petersburg City Court to provide information from protocols of a criminal (bribery) case hearings. The first-instance court refused to review our claim so we appealed further up to the Supreme Court of Russia.
However, the Supreme Court's judge agreed with arguments of lower instance courts and rejected the cassation appeal arguments based on norms of the Federal Law On Providing Access to Information on the Activities of Courts in the Russian Federation providing the right to access to information from court hearings' protocols.
The case illustrates current difficulties with judicial defense of the right to access to court information. The FIF lawyers will be seeking for ways to overcome them.
In some Russian regions, legislative government bodies maintain really remarkable official websites. This is a review of examples when information is comprehensive, actual, can be easily found, and well presented.
The Moscow City Court Will Decide whether to Re-Examine Their Decisions in Archive Information Access CasesSubmitted by Inna Kremen on 17 April, 2013 - 17:12
On April 18 and 19, the Moscow City Court will review two claims for re-examination of the two decisions denying Nikita Petrov, a historian, of declassification of archive documents stored in the FSB Central Archive. He applied to the Moscow City Court on re-examination after the Constitutional Court of Russia has made its definition interpreting the 30-year maximal declassification term provided by the Law On State Secret in a different way that the Moscow City Court had done earlier.