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Internal Troops' Documents Declassification: Results for 2012

Latest news on the case of Nikita Astashin, a researcher, against violation of legal terms for review of his request for archive document declassification.

Monitoring - 2012: General Jurisdiction Courts - Not Best Practices of Online Information Placement

We have recently spoken of best practices of IT implementation for better opening the largest segment of the Russian judicial system for public access.

There are also examples we would not advise anyone to follow. We publish them in order to help courts to avoid similar failures in their websites’ information filling.

Contesting a Court Information Access Denial: Cassation Appeal Declined

On December 17, we received the definition by St.-Petersburg City Court refusing to transfer for review our cassation appeal on the case on refusal to provide the applicant with a copy of a court hearings protocol regarding a criminal case.

Monitoring - 2012: General Jurisdiction Courts - Positive Examples of Online Information Placement

In June – October 2012, the Freedom of Information Foundation together with the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI) monitored general jurisdiction courts’ official websites in order to reveal actual problems of access to information on court activities in Russia.

Our researchers have collected a number of both positive and negative illustrations of information placement at courts’ websites.

Monitoring of Governmental Websites: a Conference in Kiev

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.

Elections Are Over, Judicial Procedures to Be Continued

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.

Monitoring - 2012: Informational Openness Rating for General Jurisdiction Courts

We present results of 2012 monitoring for general jurisdiction courts’ official websites. The monitoring was performed together with the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI).

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We are always open to cooperation

The methodology developed by Freedom of information Foundation for monitoring official websites is applicable widely. It is convenient, efficient and can be used for research in various fields. We are interested in cooperation with different governmental and non-government entities in various countries in order to extend the monitoring practice, including possible joint comparative researches.