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12 Russian NGOs to appeal to Constitutional Court, ECHR

July 04, 2013, 14:15 UTC+3

The complaint with the European Court of Human Rights was lodged back in February

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MOSCOW, July 4 (Itar-Tass) - Twelve Russia-based non-governmental organizations are drawing complaints to the Constitutional Court and the European court of human rights, against the law on NGOs - "foreign agents," senior lawyer of the Memorial human rights center Furkat Tishayev told Itar-Tass on Thursday.

He denied the media reports alleging that the NGO were considering a 5-million-dollar damages suit against Russia. "We won't claim this sum. The complaint is not about money, but restoration of violated rights," Tishayev underlined, "there was no indication of the sum of compensation in the appeal, so I don't know where this figure came from."

The complaint with the ECHR was lodged back in February. Among the NGOs that signed the document were Memorial, the Moscow Helsinki Group, and the movement For Human Rights. The Golos association will join in two weeks which will increase the group of plaintiffs to 12.

"By adopting the law on NGOs - "foreign agents," the Russian Federation violated Articles 11, 10, and 18 of the European convention of human rights," Tishayev said. He noted that the ECHR had not yet begun to review the complaint.

The Russian Constitutional Court will review the complaint in late July - early August, deputy director of the Golos Association Grigory Melkonyants said.

Under the law adopted in the summer of 2012, a non-governmental organization performing the functions of "foreign agent" is a Russian NGO which receives funding or property from foreign states, international or foreign organizations, foreign citizens, persons without citizenship or their authorized representatives and/or Russian legal entities that receive funds or other property from the designated persons. Also, such an organization participates in politics in Russia, including in the interests of foreign sources.


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