An appraisal of Police Reforms: Session of the Presidential Human Rights Council

posted 15 Apr 2012, 23:52 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 15 Apr 2012, 23:52 ]
Natalia Taubina, 11/04/12 


· Human rights defenders  · Ministry of Internal Affairs 

Natalia Taubina, director of Public Verdict Foundation, writes:
 On 10 April a session of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights took place dedicated to the issue of police reform. The session had been slated a long time ago. It was first mentioned back in 2011, then it was postponed several times, moved to a different time, and then at the end of February 2012 it was set for the 10 April. In other words, it would be incorrect to assume that this was an emergency meeting, called after the horrendous events in Kazan. 

Moreover, it evidently couldn't have taken place at a more apt time, and, probably not for the last time, it was precisely because of recent events and the accompanying public spotlight on the Interior Ministry that the Ministry had meticulously prepared for this meeting. Deputy Minister S.P. Bulavin was present at the (almost six-hour) meeting right to the very end. The heads of the main departments of the Interior Ministry were there, and nearly all of them made short, and some not so short, reports. [Read more]