2013 • 4 years • Human Rights
The International Memorial Society, founded in 1989, is one of Russia’s most senior human rights organizations. The proposed three-year grant of $300,000 will support a project to enhance freedom of information in the Russian Federation. Under the project, the grantee will identify information, stored by government, to which journalists, researchers, and the public have been unlawfully denied access; conduct strategic litigation to secure access; and raise public awareness about the right of freedom to information. Through litigation, the project will seek to reverse current illiberal trends regarding freedom of information by working to achieve effective implementation of the 2008 freedom of information law, other relevant legislation, the Russian Constitution, and Russia’s international obligations. The project would advance the Foundation’s strategic aim of supporting media rights and freedom of information in the Russian Federation. Foundation dollars would be used for salaries, litigation expenses, workshops and conferences, and travel.