Rights advocates want to account for their work to the society - they will hold another final meeting with this aim in view.
Council head Mikhail Fedotov wants to explain to the people how much the human rights activists have managed to do. However, the Council members have noted that it has failed to achieve many things. In particular, despite the fact that the human rights activists have persuaded the authorities to create the Public Television, they failed to implement their concept, as a result of which the president will appoint the TV channel's director general. In addition, they failed to secure the release of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, failed to secure a thorough investigation of the so-called “Magnitsky Case” and failed to facilitate the procedure of pardoning, early release on parole and amnesty for prisoners.
Speed Rail Prepared for Tender
The RF government has agreed upon the scheme of the financing of the Moscow - St. Petersburg speed railway, the cost of which exceeds one trillion roubles. The tender for the construction is to be announced this September. At present, the scheme of the project’s financing - 70 by 30, has been preliminarily approved. Under the scheme, 70 percent of funds in the project are to be invested by the state, and 30 percent - by private investors.
Russian Seaman Dies in Slavery
The Russian Investigative Committee (SK) has opened a criminal case under the RF Criminal Code article “the use of slave labour that caused the death” over the death of sailor Gennady Krayevoi on the SS Ross freighter. The ship is formally owned by a foreign company - Damelo Group, but its factual owners are Russian businessmen. The Seafarers’ Union claims that this company has a long bad repute record: sailors die and go missing under mysterious circumstances on its ships.