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Report of Agora International ‘Russian Whistleblowers 2018’

22.01.2019
Agora International Human Rights Group presents report ‘Russian Whistleblowers 2018’.

Report of Agora International ‘Russian Whistleblowers 2018’
Report of Agora International ‘Russian Whistleblowers 2018’

The publication of Agora’s previous report (The Hundred Russian Whistleblowers) in late 2017 closely coincided with the launch of a legislative initiative brought forth by the Russian Government and aimed at affording protection to ‘persons who report corruptive offenses’. The proposed amendments to the Russian Anticorruption Act sought to protect whistleblowers at least in the anticorruption domain. In one year though, the amendments barely made it through first reading and then stalled helplessly in various Parliamentary offices. Withal, according to comments from the Legal Department of the Duma, the persons to whom protection is to be afforded already enjoy the same standard of protection under the existing Article 9 of the said Anticorruption Act.

In contrast, MPs have been much more energetic in discussing a prohibition for military personnel to publish in mass media and in the internet information related to their service duties or activities. The bill, which was submitted in September this year, easily cleared the first hurdle and is now hasting to second reading.

The evident difference of the velocity by which the various initiatives move through the legislative pipeline is a true reflection of an established trend: the authorities appear to be much more keen to seal off potential loopholes through which sensitive information may leak rather than protect citizens who generate ‘leaks’ – even for purposes that are presumably in the best interest of the State, as fight against corruption is supposed to be.

Nonetheless, the lack of legislative regulations has not at all affected the activities of those who the authors of this reports assign to the whistleblower community. Brought to despair or tired of arbitrariness, conscientious citizens continue to actively use internet and media outlets for public demarches, and are often willing to resort to available regulatory mechanisms such as reports, letters and applications. The present report is based on the results from our monitoring after November 2017 and on the outcomes of the work carried out by Agora International in defending whistleblowers. In the period under consideration we identified 48 whistleblowing situations, some of which had occurred before but emerged now. We have also looked at some consequences that came with a time lag as a result of which heroes in last year’s list were hit only recently.


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More than 50 lawyers work for Agora International Human Rights Group
Sergey Petryakov
Sergey Petryakov
Lawyer, Kazan - Cheboksary
Ramil Akhmetgaliev
Lawyer, Kazan
Pavel Chikov
The head of Agora International Human Rights Group, PhD, MPA, LLM
Dmitry Dinze
Moscow
Irina Khrunova
Lawyer, Moscow - Kazan


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