Aleksandr Podrabinek: 'Corruption Circle' - on the case of human rights defender Tatyana Kotlyar (Institute of Modern Russia)

posted 13 Apr 2015, 00:18 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 13 Apr 2015, 00:23 ]
8 April 2015 

By Alexander Podrabinek

Source: Institute of Modern Russia

A strange lawsuit is currently being pursued in Obninsk, a town in the Kaluzhskaya region: resident Tatyana Kotlyar has been taken to court for helping people who came here under a state federal program that relocates to Russia fellow countrymen living abroad. The program, approved in 2006, receives billions of rubles from the government every year. But the program is designed in such a way that newly arrived immigrants can receive state support only after they are registered in the community. To put it in Soviet terms, they must first receive a “residence permit.” [Read more]