Police officers, representatives of the capital’s department of city property and a bailiff came to the office of the human rights Committee for Civil Rights, said member of the organization’s board Eduard Rudyk. According to him, the property of the organization was seized, transfers Interfax.
Rudyk added that they were evicted from the premises due to debt. In a conversation with The Insider, he explained that the organization’s debt is more than 100 thousand rubles. It arose due to the fact that recently the Committee has “absolutely no funding”. This is due to the law on foreign agents, because of which the organization actually cannot have foreign funding, and Russian grants are not given to it.
“We are taking things out, the premises are sealed. A significant part of the property was arrested, ”Rudyk said. According to him, a large circulation of human rights literature and office equipment was arrested. The Committee has been using this premises for 25 years, but this is the first time that such a situation has developed.
Rudyk stressed that the decision on the eviction has not yet entered into force, and the “Committee for Civil Rights” has begun to pay the funds on the debt. In addition, the debts have been restructured.
The “Committee for Civil Rights” is chaired by Andrei Babushkin, chairman of the presidential Human Rights Council commission on the development of the penitentiary system. Rudyk connects the visit of the security forces with the departure of Babushkin, whose vacation began on October 14, transfers OVD-Info.
In a conversation with The Insider, Eduard Rudyk added that the arrest of the premises of the human rights organization is a continuation of the “cleanup” that the authorities are carrying out after the September elections to the State Duma. But he expressed confidence that the Committee will continue its work. “Enthusiasts will work anyway. You can also work from home, ”Rudyk said.