Human Rights Commissioner Tatyana Moskalkova presented to the President her annual report on human rights. In particular, certain problems with receiving Russian citizenship, assistance to housing equity holders and families who took out a currency mortgage, and current issues with the criminal procedure legislation were discussed. In addition, the ombudswoman reported to the President on the case of journalist Ivan Golunov.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Good afternoon.
Human Rights Commissioner Tatyana Moskalkova: Mr President, here is the Human Rights Commissioner’s report.
Vladimir Putin: The annual one?
Tatyana Moskalkova: Yes, it is getting bigger and, I hope, deeper with every passing year.
Vladimir Putin: You even have bookmarks.
Tatyana Moskalkova: Yes, I use them to mark appeals ratings. The first one shows the areas in which we have the biggest number of appeals; the second one demonstrates the results of our work and the third contains our recommendations to government bodies and regions of the Russian Federation, which are based on our analysis.
This year we received 38,650 appeals. This is fewer than last year, by almost 4,000 appeals and this is primarily due to the fact that we started using new instruments.
The problems with mortgage holders who took out loans in hard currency, which we asked you to address, were effectively resolved last year with your help. Nearly 7,000 families were able to keep their only housing.
After a special programme was created upon your instruction, a commission was working for almost a year which looked at each borrower individually in order to decide what kind of assistance could be provided.
It is very important, but for the future we should probably understand that the risks for the borrowers who mortgage their only home with a bank should, probably, be shared with the bank, which must realise that in case of repossession the family will be evicted and end up on the street.
Vladimir Putin: Yes.
I see a lot of appeals regarding citizenship.
Tatyana Moskalkova: Particularly many citizenship appeals came from Ukraine, but we have them coming from almost all countries. The fast-track procedure for citizenship relieved tensions, and we are now receiving fewer appeals on this account.
The Baikonur issue was resolved after you intervened and provided support; 185 families received home-buying subsidies.
The big Crimea-related issue has been resolved as well. There, former Ukrainian servicemen found themselves in a situation where their residence permits were cancelled, but your Executive Order helped resolve this situation.
Of course, this has affected the number of appeals. The new instruments that we are using, including video conferencing and on-site receptions, as well as new methods of interaction with the authorities and, most importantly, authorised representatives in the regions, have yielded results.
To be continued.
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