Russian court suspends activity of "Polish Community" Association
MOSCOW, June 26 (RAPSI) – The Dzerzhinksy District Court of St. Petersburg has ruled to indefinitely terminate activity of Polish NGO "Polish Community" Association (Wspólnota Polska) because of fire safety violations in the building used by the organization, RIA Novosti reported on Monday.
A lawsuit against the organization was lodged by the St. Petersburg Prosecutor’s Office. The lawsuit was related to several reports on fire safety violations filed by the Emergency Ministry.
Earlier, head of the NGO’s St. Petersburg branch Tatyana Rakus announced that the organization was unable to follow through directives of the ministry because the building is a memorial and is under state protection. According to Rakus, the Association owns a building in St. Petersburg and is renting it to various Polish NGOs for free.
"Polish Community" Association, founded in 1990, is an NGO striving to strengthen relations between Poland, Polish diaspora and Polish nationals.