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On 15 June, Commissioner for Human Rights in Bryansk Region Sergey Simonenko and The Legal Clinics Development Centre Autonomous Non-Commercial Association organised a roundtable named ‘Free Legal Aid Availability Problems’. The discussion revealed that the non-state system of free legal aid (FLA) in the region is still in the making.
On 19 June, staff members of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia met with participants to the UN Russian Speaking Indigenous Fellowship Programme. Representatives of indigenous minorities of Kamchatka, Khabarovsk Territory, the Komi Republic, Leningrad, Kemerovo, Murmansk, and Sakhalin regions took part in the meeting.
Morshanskiy District Court of Tambov Region held that convict M., having served his sentence in penal colonies No. 1 and No. 5 of the Department of the FPS in Tambov Region, be released on parole.
On 18 June, Commissioner for Human Rights in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Alexey Efimov and Minister of Internal Affairs of Yakutia Vladimir Prokopenko sent a joint request to the republic’s head Egor Borisov to consider an opportunity to finance construction and repair of detention centres for those in temporary custody for administrative offences.
On 18 June, Commissioner for Human Rights in Ivanovo Region Natalia Kovaleva held a working meeting on procrastination problem in executing court judgements related to aliens and stateless persons’ deportation.
A charitable event organised jointly by Commissioner for Human Rights in Arkhangelsk Region Lyubov Anisimova and Lomonosov Central City Library to collect books for social support institutions is being held in the region.
For the first time volunteer lawyers will be able to take part in the regional Lawyer of the Year contest. The Regional Administration made this decision in late May 2015, following the suggestion made by Commissioner for Human Rights in Tomsk Region Elena Kartashova to provide non-commercial organisations with an opportunity to propose volunteer lawyers for participation in the contest, and to appraise them in a separate nomination.
On 10 June, Commissioner for Human Rights in Penza Region Elena Rogova presented her report on observance and protection of human and civil rights and freedoms in 2014 to deputies of the regional Legislative Assembly.
On 16 June, a representative of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia took part in a roundtable named ‘Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency’.
Commissioner for Human Rights in the Republic of Buryatia Yulia Zhambalova, Acting Deputy Head of the Department Alexey Kochetov, and Acting Assistant Head of the Department for Human Rights Protection in the Penitentiary System Viktor Plastinin made a joint inspection visit to the Penal Colony No. 7 (IK-7 UFSIN of Russia in the Republic of Buryatia).