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News of the High Commissioner
On 1 February 2016, High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Ella Pamfilova met with Special Representative of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Gérard Stoudmann who shared his first impressions regarding the results of work of the Crimean mission.
High Commissioner to be exempted from filing fee payable upon submitting statement of claim to first instance court
On 27 January, the Federation Council approved a set of amendments that would exempt the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia from the filing fee payable upon submitting a statement of claim in defence of citizens’ rights and freedoms. Currently, the relevant documents have been submitted to the President of the Russian Federation.
The High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation underscores the significance of an objective and impartial examination of the case demonstrated by the Ryazan District Court on 29 January, when the decision on conditional discharge of a Bolotnaya Square case defendant, Alexander Margolin, has been carried out.
High Commissioner addresses US Federal Bureau of Prisons and Human Rights Watch regarding Konstantin Yaroshenko’s case
On 26 January, High Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia Ella Pamfilova addressed Acting Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons Thomas R. Kane regarding Russian citizen Konstantin Yaroshenko, who has found himself in difficult straits.
The Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia (the FPS of Russia) informs the High Commissioner of its plans to establish an open prison on the territory of the correctional treatment facility (LIU-10) in Nizhny Novgorod Region and supports the proposal of setting up the state tuberculosis rehabilitation center there.
High Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia Ella Pamfilova calls on to improve the draft law regulating public monitoring commissions’ (PMC’s) work. The proposed document fails to cope with many problems in the sphere of control over human rights observance in detention.
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High Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia Ella Pamfilova follows up the case of Nadezhda Savchenko held in pretrial detention centre No. 3 in Novocherkassk (hereinafter as SIZO-3).
On 19 January, High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Ella Pamfilova and Head of the Federal Bailiff Service of Russia Arthur Parfenchikov signed a new version of the agreement on cooperation.
On 18 January, High Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia Ella Pamfilova met with ex-Mayor of Petrozavodsk Urban District Galina Shirshina.