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On December 4, Elena Golubeva, FIF Director, took part in the conference Monitoring of Governmental Websites’ Openness as a Civil Control Tool organized by the Regional Press Development Institute (Kiev, Ukraine). About 60 officials and civil activists took part in the conference.
On December 6, the Kirovsky district court of St.-Petersburg left indecided a journalist’s claim against the Territorial Election Commission #7 of St.-Petersburg and its member Ms A. Shubina (the applicant contested their refusal to let him attend the commission’s meeting on Feb 9, 2012). The applicant plans to appeal the court definition in a higher instance court.
On December 10, a press conference dedicated to best international open government practices and the National Action Plan of Russia for the Open Government Partnership took place in Moscow, in the Interfax Group central office.
Key speakers were: Mikhail Abyzov, Russian Federation Minister for Open Government Issues; Ivan Pavlov, FIF Board Chair; and Ivan Begtin, Director of the InfoCulture NGO.
We present results of 2012 monitoring for general jurisdiction courts’ official websites. The monitoring was performed together with the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI).
Within 2012 monitoring cycle, FIF researchers have prepared a set of illustrations on usability of federal executive government bodies’ official websites.
On November 30, Daria Sukhikh, FIF Senior Lawyer, took part in the conference Problems of Access to Archive Information on Political Terror in the USSR organized in Moscow by the International Memorial Society (Russia) and the Heinrich Böll Foundation (Germany).
On December 3, we prepared a review of interesting examples collected by our researchers within monitoring official websites of the Russian Federation subjects’ top executive government bodies (April-June 2012).