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Court classified documents on Transneft stealing federal budget funds as secret

Press Release

September 6, 2011

On September 6, 2011, Khamovniki Court of Moscow turned down YABLOKOs inquiry to the Audit Chamber to disclose the report on the audit on the Eastern Pipe Line construction carried out by Transneft.

In 2010 Alexei Navalny published in his blog a document demonstrating that Transneft stole USD 4 bln of federal budget funds the Eastern Pipe Line construction. The document represented a report made by the new management of Transneft on the inquiry from the Audit Chamber.

However, the final reports of the audit conducted by the Chamber were classified as secret and were not disclosed to the public.

Earlier representatives of the Audit Chamber had been referring to Transnefts commercial secrets when refusing to disclose the results of the audit.

This time their position in court was different. According to the Audit Chamber representative neither citizens of Russia nor organisations enjoyed the right to apply to the Audit Chamber for disclosing of the results of the audits. They also stated that the law On Access to Information on the State Bodies Performance did not refer to the Chamber. The court took the side of the Audit Chamber turning down YABLOKOs claim on disclosing of the information.

However, the law On Access to Information on the State Bodies Performance (adopted in 2009) refers to absolutely all the state bodies. We will appeal against this unlawful decision in higher courts, said YABLOKOs leader Sergei Mitrokhin.


See also:

YABLOKO Against Corruption




Press Release

September 6, 2011

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