Major foreign organization ceases Russian operation under NGO bill
MOSCOW, December 19 - RAPSI, Maria Petrova. The Moscow City Court has dismissed the appeal by the Russian Justice Initiative (RJI) against the Zamoskvoretsky District Court's ruling to exclude it from the register of foreign non-profit organizations, Ramil Akhmetgaliyev, attorney and legal analyst of the Agora interregional human rights association, told RAPSI.
The attorney said that on February 3, 2011, First Deputy Justice Minister Alexander Fyodorov approved the decree to exclude the RJI from the register. In April 2011, the non-profit organization was issued the resolution and took the matter to court. But the Zamoskvoretsky District Court judge took a year to consider RJI's lawsuit on restoring its right to work in Russia and dismissed it on April 11, 2012.
After analyzing the ruling, the lawyers will be filing an application to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).
The RJI is one of the largest non-commercial organizations in Russia. It assists Russian citizens in taking cases to the European Court of Human Rights. Over the last 10 years, the organization managed to win around 10 million euros in the Strasbourg court for Chechen residents, for example. RJI Executive Director Vanessa Kogan said that the decision to exclude the RJI from the register was political.