NGO unable to pay enormous fines imposed under 'foreign agent' law

posted 24 Jan 2016, 09:14 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 24 Jan 2016, 09:16 ]
20 January 2016

Source: (info)
The court of arbitration in Nizhny Novgorod has recognised the Committee against Torture, which is being wound up after being entered in the register of ‘foreign agents’, as bankrupt. The court case was brought by former director of the Committee against Torture, Igor Kalyapin, last autumn, after the organisation announced that it had taken a decision to close down.

Court documents state that "The court approves the case in all respects", according to the news site.

Igor Kalyapin said that an external receiver had already been appointed. The receiver will have to study the organisation's documents and seek to take measures to clear its debts.

Igor Kalyapin also noted that three fines of 300,000 roubles each had been imposed on the NGO, which wound up its activities at the end of July 2015, for breaching the law on 'foreign agents'.

"As a non-profit, we are not able to obtain the financial means which could be used to pay the fine", he added.

Igor Kalyapin said that the receivership would last about two months, after which a final liquidation plan would be drawn up.

The Committee against Torture is an interregional human rights NGO, founded in 2000. Its mission is to protect citizens who have suffered as a result of illegal actions by law enforcement officials. The organization’s headquarters are in Nizhny Novgorod and it has representatives in Moscow and Moscow region, and in Chechnya, Bashkiria, Mari El, and Orenburg. The organization's director, Igor Kalyapin, is a member of the Presidential Human Rights Council.

Translated by Suzanne Eade Roberts