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On 11 January 2016, Commissioner for Human Rights in Novosibirsk Region Nina Shalabaeva visited Cherepanovskiy District after receiving a collective complaint from the Mayskoye villagers. As a result of the visit, the Commissioner took the appeal under special control.
On 5 January, Commissioner for Human Rights in the Republic of Khakassia Alexander Chistotin together with the Abakan Prosecutor supervising observance of laws in correctional facilities, Yevgeny Podkorytov, visited Correctional Facility No. 33 of the Khakassia Department of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia.
On 16—25 December, a Decade of legal assistance to people held in detention facilities of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia was organised on the initiative of Commissioner for Human Rights in Ulyanovsk Region Lyudmila Krutilina.
On 24 December, the final meeting of the Expert Council on Guarantees of State Protection of Civil and Human Rights and Freedoms under the Commissioner for Human Rights in Arkhangelsk Region Lyubov Anisimova was held. The participants in the meeting summed up their work in 2015.
On 24 December, within the framework of ‘VzaimoDeistviye’ (InterAction) project, remand detainees and convicts from Pretrial Detention Centre No. 2, correctional facilities No. 2, No. 3, No. 4, as well as Medical and Correctional Facility No. 2 spoke with the Commissioner for Human Rights in Tomsk Region using a modern videoconferencing technology.
A two-day seminar held with participation of law enforcement officers and members of the Public Monitoring Commission of Ulyanovsk Region was devoted to the formation of knowledge and abilities in treatment of people held in detention facilities.
Summarising the results of open office hours held for the public in Lesnoy, Commissioner for Human Rights in Sverdlovsk Region Tatiana Merzlyakova said the infringement of labour rights was a system-related problem.
According to the Institute of Socio-Economic and Political Research (ISEPR Foundation), High Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia Ella Pamfilova is one of the most efficient public politicians.
On 17 December, during a large press conference Russia’s President Vladimir Putin stressed that long-distance truck drivers must not be overcharged with various fees, taxes and exactions.
On 16 December, Commissioner for Human Rights in Sverdlovsk Region Tatyana Merzlyakova held again open office hours for the public in Yekaterinburg. The event was held within the framework of All-Russian Open Office Hours Day. It coincided with International Human Rights Day and Russia’s Constitution Day.