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On February 1, Daria Sukhikh, FIF Senior Lawyer, took part in the Vashe Pravo (Your Right) broadcast at the Vashe Obschestvennoe Televidenie (Your Public TV or VOT) channel. The broadcast addressed problems of access to information in the field of housing and municipal utilities.
On February 1, Nikita Astashin, a researcher, filed a new claim to the General Department of Organization and Inspection of the Prosecutor General’s Office. He contests actions of the Chief Military Procuratorate's officials who had refused to take any action upon his complaint against violation of term for reviewing his request for data declassification.
From January 28 till February 8, officials from federal executive government bodies will have access to the EXMO system for getting familiar with results of their websites' initial monitoring.
On January 29-30, FIF specialists together with the Regional Press Institute held a two-day seminar Internet and Power: How to Use Modern Network Tools of FOI and Governmental Transparency in Journalism. Journalists from various Russian regions took part in the seminar.
In the informational society with dominating transnational values such as freedom of information and decision-making transparency, the legal institution of state secret obtains a new social (or anti-social?) status differing from that it had in the era of national state establishment. It is one of key institution of the outgoing era. Just like another institution, that of emergency state, it is now in a "neutral" zone between political interests of a national state and trans-national legal values of informational society. Due to this mounting contradiction, the historical context of the state secret institution should be researched by specialists in a number of disciplines, explains Anastasia Semenova, FIF researcher.
The Supreme Court of the Russian Federation has a disputable position on publication of statistical data covering judicial activities, believing that such information should be summarized and published at the official website of the Judicial Department under the Supreme Court while a general jurisdiction court should only place at its website a link to that summarized data. Thus, there is no possibility to obtain statistical infrmation on activities of a specific court.
The Freedom of Information Foundation believes that, according to the Federal Law “On Providing Access to Information on the Activities of Courts in the Russian Federation”, a general jurisdiction court should publish its own statistical information on its official website. The Russian page presents a legal explanation prepared by the FIF legal researcher, Veronika Burachevskaya.
An article by Mikhail Pozdnyakov, our expert and Research Fellow of the Institute for the Rule of Law (European University), tells how IT were introduced into activities of general jurisdiction courts and arbitration courts, and explains current state of informational openness in the two branches of the judicial power.