The Suprun Case: To the Constitutional Court

Mikhail N. Suprun, Professor of History, Head of the Domestic History Department of the Northern (Arctic) Federal University (Institute of Social, Humanitarian and Political Sciences), and Ivan Y. Pavlov, his legal attorney, believe that Suprun’s constitutional rights and freedoms were violated within initiation, investigation, and examination of the criminal case against him under the Criminal Code Article 137.

On March 28, 2012, they sent an application to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, asking to check compliance between the Constitution of the Russian Federation and the Criminal Code Article 137 provisions that deprive an individual of possibility to anticipate possible negative consequences of his/her behavior while seeking access to information concerning another individual.

The Article 137 provisions in question implement the terms “personal secret” and “family secret” not defined by legislation, so the subject may become unable to decide whether information he/she seeks access to may be considered as someone else’s personal or family secret.

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  • Materials on the Suprun case (in Russian) are stored in the FIF Litigation Register here and here

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