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On 5 March, in the course of the 9th session of the Nenets Autonomous Area’s Council of Deputies Alexander Belugin was appointed Commissioner for Human Rights in the area. He received 13 out of 18 deputies’ votes.
"I can say with certainty that the human rights commissioner’s institute in the Tatarstan Republic proved its high demand and consistency testified by the steady confidence level among residents of the republic", President of the Tatarstan Republic Rustam Minnikhanov said.
The issue of appointing one of their colleagues to the human rights commissioner’s position in Nenets Autonomous Area is to be considered at the regular session of the Legislative Council of the area on Thursday.
Draft constitutional law amending procedure of work of regional human rights commissioners upheld by deputies in Kamchatka
At the 28th Session of the Legislative Council in Kamchatka Territory, the deputies upheld the draft constitutional law amending the procedure of work of regional human rights commissioners.
On 25 February, it became known that the Magistrates’ Court dismissed the case of the Krasnodar Regional Public Organisation of University Graduates on performing actions of a foreign agent while being unregistered in the relevant list in the absence of administrative offence.
Interaction between local self-government and regional human rights commissioners discussed in Siberian Federal District
On 16 February, in Moscow, the Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Siberian Federal District Nikolai Rogozhkin held a video conference regarding interaction of state authorities and local self-government bodies with human rights commissioners in the federal district’s territorial entities.
On 16 February, President of the Civic Chamber Alexander Brechalov sent an official letter of appeal to President of Russia Vladimir Putin drawing his attention to the problem of remand centres in Russia. The letter says about a dramatic increase in the number of detainees in remand facilities and disastrous conditions of custody.
The Levada Center’s opinion surveys published on 12 February showed a significant increase in the index of public confidence in the institute of the human rights commissioner in Russia. In January 2015, the index grew up to 3.11 (five-point scale) in comparison to 2.76 points for the same period last year.
One of the fundamental personal non-pecuniary rights of a citizen — the right to a name was restored after the human rights commissioner in Rostov region had stepped in.
Human Rights Commissioner in Sverdlovsk Region urged officials to be more objective assessing human rights situation in the region
The remark addressed to the officials was given on 10 February at the legislative council’s meeting where Commissioner for Human Rights in Sverdlovsk Region Tatiana Merzlyakova delivered her report 2014 to the deputies and public human rights defenders.