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On 6 June, the library of Correctional Colony No. 9 pf the Ulyanovsk Region Department of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia received more than a thousand and a half books, mainly classical literature. The books have been granted to the colony within the charity project called A Book for Everyone.
On 7 June, Commissioner for Human Rights in Novosibirsk Region Nina Shalabaeva and member of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights Alexander Brod discussed the issues of election campaign monitoring.
On 25 May, Commissioner for Human Rights in Leningrad Region Sergey Shabanov petitioned Chairman of the Russian Government Dmitry Medvedev to remove the gaps in the legislature that stopped elevators in apartment buildings.
The Association of Indigenous People of the North, Siberia and Far East of the Russian Federation awarded Commissioner for Human Rights in Sverdlovsk Region Tatiana Merzlyakova with the public medal ‘For Fidelity to the North’. It was given for the great contribution to the development of the movement of indigenous people of the North, Siberia and Far East, the protection of their rights, natural habitat, traditional lifestyle and crafts.
The Commissioner for Human Rights in Irkutsk Region reports that an unlawful arrest of more than a hundred people has been revealed in Irkutsk. Valeriy Lukin has already petitioned the Prosecutor’s Office of the region.
Commissioner for Human Rights in Nizhny Novgorod Region Nadezhda Otdelkina assisted in solving the problem with water supply.
On 3 June, on the initiative of Commissioner for Human Rights in Krasnodar Territory Sergey Myshak a round table devoted to the issues of civil society development was held in the region. The proposal to establish a club of Kuban Civil Society Activists, which would become a new discussion platform for representatives of the public and authorities, was the main topic of the event. The idea of establishing the club belongs to Sergey Myshak.
On 2 June, a round table named ‘Issues of Mental Health of the Population. Current Issues of Observance of Rights of Citizens Suffering from Mental Disorders’ was held in Novosibirsk Region. As a result a working group was formed to consolidate the received information and develop recommendations for legislative and executive bodies to prevent violations of rights of citizens suffering from mental disorders.
On 3 June, Commissioner for Human Rights in the Komi Republic Nadezhda Bikovskaya participated in the interdepartmental meeting on the improvement of mechanisms of ensuring human rights and legitimate interests of detainees or prisoners held in the pre-trial centres and penitentiaries of the Komi Republic Department of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia.
On 3 June, Commissioner for Human Rights in Ulyanovsk Region Lyudmila Krutilina participated in one of the stages of the Professional Citizen Forum run by the Ulyanovsk Region Governor’s Council for Civil Society and Human Rights. Day of Law and NGOs was held in the Veshkaymsky District on the last day of spring and included several important events.