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Rights Group of the Week: Team 29

posted 28 Sep 2015, 07:54 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 28 Sep 2015, 08:00 ]
Team 29 is an informal association of lawyers, building on the work of the St Petersburg NGO Freedom of Information Foundation (FIF). The group is named after Article 29 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation that provides for the right to freely seek, receive, transmit, produce, and distribute information by any legal means. FIF was an NGO dedicated to promoting open government based in St.-Petersburg that worked for more than ten years until it decided to cease operations in January 2015 after being designated as a 'foreign agent'. Team 29 continues to work on freedom of information issues in Russia. in particular, the group's associated lawyers, and most notably Ivan Pavlov, have played a major role in defending the accused in recent cases of espionage, including those of Svetlana Davydova and Gennady Kravtsov.

Team 29
Alec Luhn, 'Russian spy jailed for treason over Swedish job letter,' The Guardian, 21 September 2015

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