Public Verdict Foundation
Grants to Public Verdict Foundation
2012 (Duration 3 years)
Human Rights & International Justice
MOSCOW, RUSSIA — This three-year grant of $300,000 to the Moscow-based Public Verdict Foundation will support a project to strengthen access to justice in the Russian Federation. The grantee will conduct strategic litigation and advocacy to enforce international standards for effective investigations and fair trial in high profile cases from Moscow and the Russian regions. The project will take up a number of key issues: failure to provide legal aid, violations stemming from poor management of the judicial system and the lack of judicial independence of judges, the failings of judicial oversight over the pre-trial stage of proceedings (the preliminary investigation), and the lack of 'equality of arms' between prosecutors and defense. The project will also have a particular focus on cases involving a denial of access to justice to journalists and human rights activists.
The MacArthur Foundation awarded Public Verdict Foundation $300,000 between 2010 and 2013.