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Russian Rights Defender Fined For Refusing Demand For Documents

Svetlana Gannushkina

Svetlana Gannushkina

Prominent Russian human rights activist Svetlana Gannushkina has been fined for refusing to provide documents demanded by prosecutors.

A court in Moscow ruled late on June 18 that the chairwoman of Moscow-based Civic Collaboration Committee must pay 2,000 rubles ($63) for failing to turn over papers related to the financial activities of her organization.

Gannushkina, a Soviet-era veteran rights defender, has been refusing to provide the documents to investigators since April.

Prosecutors made the request under the new law requiring all nongovernmental organizations that receive foreign funding and engage in political activity to register as "foreign agents."

Last week, a Moscow court rejected an appeal by Russia's independent election monitor, Golos, against the 300,000 ruble ($9,500) fine imposed on the group under the legislation.

Based on reporting by Interfax and ITAR-TASS