Office of Amnesty International in Moscow has resumed work

Human rights organization Amnesty International has resumed its work, said Secretary of the Russian representative office of the organization Alexander Artemyev on his page in social network Facebook.

To the work of human rights defenders were able to return after the city government signed with the organization a new lease, says Reuters, citing Director of Amnesty International’s Europe and Central Asia John Dalhuisen.

Moscow authorities have entered into a lease agreement with the human rights activists for five years, said “RIA Novosti” with reference to the press service of the Department of city property of Moscow. In the contract spelled out the condition “in order to make monthly payments”. “The emergence of debt over the two periods will entail termination of the lease with no option of renewal”, — reads the statement of the Department of municipal property of Moscow, which he entered in RBC.

In early November, Alexander Artemyev told RBC that in the organization’s office on Bolshaya Nikitskaya, sealed locks and switched off the light.

“The office is locked, locks are broken (and newly inserted), it says that you need to contact the Department of city property of Moscow with a letter to take things”, — wrote in Facebook employee Ivan Kondratenko.

Later, the mayor’s office explained the closure of the office that human rights activists violated the terms of the rental contract that was not renewed since 2008.

Director of the Russian representative office of Amnesty International Sergei Nikitin told RBC that the actions of the Moscow authorities aimed “to stifle society and human rights defenders, independent from the Russian funding”. He said that since 2008, Amnesty International each time trying to extend the lease, but the Department of property of Moscow was limited to a letter, which confirmed that the organization remains a tenant. Human rights activists told RBC that regularly paid for the rental office.

The head of the Council on human rights Mikhail Fedotov promised on 4 November that the office of the human rights will be opened “soon”.