Golos Loses Moscow Office

posted 27 Jan 2012, 07:00 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 27 Jan 2012, 07:01 ]
Source: HRO.org (info), 25/01/12 

· Electoral rights  · Moscow city & Moscow region 

On 24 January Liliya Shabanova, executive director of Golos, an independent election monitor, said that her staff had been forced to leave their offices in Khokhlovsky Pereulok in the centre of Moscow because the electricity supply had been disconnected. 

She said that a letter from the landlord, Literary Gazette Publishing House, had been received back last December informing them that the rent for the office would be increased, IRN.ru reports. At that time Golos’ management succeeded in reaching an agreement with the landlord. However, on 16 January Golos received a letter informing them that the rental contract had been annulled and demanding that the organization leave the premises by 1 February 2012. In response to a request to defer the departure until they had found another office, a third letter arrived telling them that there would be problems with the electricity supply from 25 January until 6 March because of a major renovation of the building,FederalPress reports. [Read more]