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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.
On 15 December, a high-profile award ceremony of photo and video contest winners 'Human Rights: OBJECTIVe Opinion' was held in the Office of Commissioner for Human Rights in the Republic of Tatarstan.
On 11 December, within the framework of the city events dedicated to Human Rights Day, a special meeting of prominent local non-government organisations took place in the White Hall of the Mayakovsky Central Public Library in Saint Petersburg. The event was initiated by Commissioner for Human Rights in Saint Petersburg Alexander Shishlov.
Human Rights Day has been celebrated all over the world on 10 December since 1950.
On 9 December, in anticipation of Human Rights Day, the ceremony of awarding the winners of St. Petersburg Human Rights 2015 competition among students took place in the State Museum of Political History of Russia.
Commissioner for Human Rights in Irkutsk Region Valeriy Lukin suggested the draft law on the region’s budget 2016 be improved. According to him, the version adopted in the first reading at the session of the Legislative Assembly on 25 November is not in full compliance with the budget legislation.
International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) has been commemorated on 3 December since 1992 to promote action to raise awareness about disability issues. A regular release of ‘Human Rights’ programme broadcast on the Public Television of Russia channel (OTR) that day was devoted to the protection of rights of the disabled.
On 1 December, Commissioner for Human Rights in Novosibirsk Region Nina Shalabayeva was on a working trip in Moshkovsky Distirict. During the trip she held open office hours for public, met the Head of the Region and visited the Uspensky Neuropsychiatric Residential Facility.
Commissioner for Human Rights in Magadan Region Alexander Surovtsev assisted a complainant in solving a housing problem.