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On 12–13 March, Head of Chancery of the Russian Human Rights Commissioner’s Office Vladimir Grachev took part in the 28th annual session of the International Coordinating Committee for National Human Rights Institutions (ICC) in Geneva.
On 11 March, Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Ella Pamfilova met with the Head of the EU Delegation to Russia, as well as with ambassadors and representatives of 27 countries: Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and USA.
On 20 February, the State Duma has adopted a package of amendments significantly extending powers of human rights commissioners at the federal and regional levels.
Back on 12 February, Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia Ella Pamfilova sent a telegram to Minister of Healthcare of Russia Veronika Skvortsova with a request to assist in facilitating urgent hospitalisation of a child Yaroslav M.
On 16 February, the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia assisted German specialists in carrying out medical examination of the Ukrainian servicewoman Nadezhda Savchenko. The German doctors assessed the health status of Ms Savchenko as satisfactory.
On 13 February, Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia visited again the hospital MSU No. 77 of the FPS of Russia (‘Matrosskaya Tishina’ remand centre in Moscow), where Nadezhda Savchenko remains in custody. The meeting took place due to the new appeal of Nadezhda Savchenko to the Russian Commissioner.
On 12 February 2015, a contest for development of a concept of an architectural and sculptural composition ‘Monument to Victims of Political Repressions’ in Moscow was launched.
Responsibility for investigation into assault and battery case of Memorial lawyer taken by interior officials of Dagestan
This was announced on 6 February by the republic’s Minister of the Interior Abdurashid Magomedov in his reply to the official appeal of the Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia.
On 3 February, the meeting between Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia Ella Pamfilova and Ambassador of Ireland to the Russian Federation Eoin O’Leary was held. The participants in the meeting discussed a number of international aspects of human rights protection and specific features of the human rights commissioner’s institute in Russia, as well as outlined the ways of cooperation in the human rights protection area.
On 2 February, Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Ella Pamfilova sent an official letter of appeal to Director of the Federal Security Service Alexander Bortnikov and Prosecutor General of Russia Yury Chayka with a request to consider changing the pre-trial restrictions for Svetlana Davydova accused of treason.