On 29 February, the federal law on the extension until 1 March 2017 of free privatisation of the state-owned and municipal accommodation occupied by citizens on the basis of a social rent agreement came into effect. The law takes into account the recommendations of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia submitted earlier to the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.
On 26 January, Ella Pamfilova sent an official letter to Dmitry Medvedev with a request to preserve the perpetual right of certain categories of persons to privatise accommodation once and free of charge. Ms Pamfilova noted that citizens living in hazardous accommodation who claim provision of housing upon the court order, orphans or children left without parental care and also the Crimean citizens cannot exercise their right to housing for reasons beyond their control.
Ella Pamfilova stressed in her appeal that if such individuals had lost the right to free privatisation after 1 March 2016, they would have been treated unequally in relation to those who received and privatised their housing prior to that date. This could have lead to the violation of the principle of equality guaranteed by Article 19 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation.
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