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MOSCOW, September 10(Itar-Tass) — The working group of the Council to the President of the Russian Federation on the development of civil society and human rights (CHR) is to meet on Friday, September 14, to discuss the preliminary results of online consultations on the selection of candidates for this advisory body, CHR Chairman Mikhail Fedotov has told Itar-Tass. Online consultations began on September 1 on the official website of the Council. The application questionnaires of 86 candidates in 13 nominations were admitted to the online consultations all in all.
The CHR chief denied reports that had appeared in the media that the working group would meet with candifates who were not admitted to the online consultations. "A meeting of the working group is scheduled for Friday, Sept 14. However, no meetings are planned with candidates whose application questionnaires were turned down," Fedotov said. "Grievances filed by the non-admitted candidates will be referred to the working group and later on to the CHR at a session on Octobe 4," Fedotov added.
The CHR chief also said he welcomes the decision by Alexander Brod, former member of the Public Chamber, to discontinue his hunger strike. Brod went on a hunger strike on September 3 in protest at non-admission by the CHR working group of him and a number of other candidates to the online consultations.