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On 13 March, the case of Ms D., mother of many children, having caused public outcry and taken under personal control of the Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia has been closed. The woman has been cleared of all the charges of treason in favour of Ukraine for the lack of the constituent elements of offence.
On 8 March, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin signed the law regulating the procedure of exclusion of non-commercial organisations (NGOs) from the foreign agents’ registry. Earlier, Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia Ella Pamfilova had repeatedly brought up the need of developing the procedure to strike an NGO off from the registry of foreign agents.
On 4 March, having considered an appeal from the Russian Human Rights Commissioner, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation changed its stance and reduced the service of term for the convicted Mr B.
The Ministry of Healthcare reported that the seriously ill child Yaroslav M. had been put into hospital on 18 February and is currently undergoing the planned treatment at the Russian Scientific Centre of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine.
On 17 February 2015, the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation declared a provision of the Federal Law On the Prosecutor’s Office of the Russian Federation unconstitutional, since it lacked time limits for implementation of inspector’s requirements. The case was initiated on the grounds of a collective complaint from non-governmental organisations listed by the Ministry of Justice as international agents.
On 17 February, the State Duma admitted the draft law on amendments to the Water Code of Russia to be hazardous for ecology of waters and rejected it in the first reading.
In September 2014, Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia Ella Pamfilova sent an official letter to Chairman of the State Duma Sergey Naryshkin with a request to represent the draft law for consideration of the lower chamber of parliament in the first reading. The draft law had been earlier prepared by member of parliament Pavel Krasheninnikov and remained in the State Duma since 2008.
A criminal case opened against initiators of the riots in the remand centre (SIZO No. 1 of the Department of the FPS of Russia in Chelyabinsk Region), as well as against a member of administrative staff of the facility, the FPS said on February 13 in response to the official appeal of the Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia.
The Supreme Court of Udmurtia’s panel admitted the arguments presented by the Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia concerning review of an appellate complaint from convict Mr Zh in connection with the procedural order breach sufficient. The fact that the complainant’s rights have been restored became known on 13 February from the official reply of the republic’s supreme court body in response to the Commissioner’s request.
On 9 February, Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia Ella Pamfilova received a reply from the Governor of Smolensk Region, which said that the finances to restore the mass graves in Bogolyubovo and Lyady villages were to be provided right after all documents were prepared. The lists of names of those who died there have been specified: more than 2.5 thousand Soviet soldiers having participated in World War II remain buried in these mass graves.