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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).
On 10–11 June, an international human rights conference named ‘Legal Formation of a Democratic Civic Consciousness’ was held in Grozny (the Chechen Republic) with support of the Council of Europe and the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation.
On 9 June, Commissioner for Human Rights in Novosibirsk Region Nina Shalabayeva presented her report on civil rights' and freedoms' observation and protection in 2014 at the 7th (extraordinary) Session of the Legislative Assembly of Novosibirsk Region.
Staff members of High Commissioner’s Office took part in workshops held by Central Election Commission of Russia
In April and May the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation held a number of joint workshops with election commissions of the subjects of the Russian Federation to discuss "The Mission of Election Commissions to Arrange and Hold Elections to the State Government Bodies of the Subjects of the Russian Federation and Local Government Bodies on a Single Voting Day, September 13, 2015".
Tatarstan Commissioner carries on with monitoring the protection of army conscripts' and servicemen's rights
Commissioner for Human Rights in the Republic of Tatarstan Saria Saburskaya in cooperation with the republican Military Registration and Enlistment Office carries out a program of educational trainings for army conscripts and their parents with the aim of monitoring the situation, preventing and giving prompt response to violations of their rights.
On 21 May, the first edition of The Convict's Reference Book was presented to the inmates at the ceremony held at Penal Colony No. 1 in Bryansk.
On 27 May, Commissioner for Human Rights in Hkanti-Mansi Autonomous Area — Yugra Alexander Sidorov presented his annual Report on Human Rights in Yugra in 2014, at the 44th meeting of the regional parliament.