Presidential Human Rights Council asks Prosecutor General to explain searches of NGOs

posted 26 Mar 2013, 03:10 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 26 Mar 2013, 03:12 ]
25 March 2013 

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The following text is taken from an open letter sent by the members of the Presidential Council on Human Rights and Civil Society to the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, Yury Chaika. 

Dear Yury Yakovlevich: 

In recent days, the Council has received an endless stream of appeals from non-governmental organizations from across the regions of Krasnodar, Perm, Primorye, Orenburg and Rostov, the cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg, and various other parts of Russia, with complaints that their offices have been subject to unfounded mass searches by prosecution authorities. In some of these cases, authorities explained their actions by citing a directive from the Prosecutor General’s office to verify that NGOs have complied with the federal law on combatting extremist activity. [Read more]