Human rights defender Ivan Pavlov: Ministry of Justice has jumped the gun

posted 24 Oct 2014, 08:55 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 24 Oct 2014, 09:41 ]
24 October 2014

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The Institute for the Development of Freedom of Information, based in St. Petersburg, has received from the St Petersburg city branch of the Ministry of Justice a letter informing them that they are in breach of the legislation on ‘foreign agent’ NGOs, Ivan Pavlov, chair of the board of the organization, has written on his Facebook page.

The Ministry of Justice considers that the Institute did not provide it with the quarterly report on its activities which it is obliged to submit in accordance with the Russian law on ‘foreign agents’.

The Institute has stated that it does not agree with the Ministry's warning since the letter was dated 3 October while the deadline for providing the report is 15 October. Article 20 reports that the Institute may take the case to the courts.