Since morning the staff of Amnesty found sealed its office in Moscow. This was first reported in a Facebook employee Ivan Kondratenko. “The office is locked, locks are broken (and newly inserted), it says that you need to contact the Department of city property of Moscow with a letter to bring things, — he wrote.
The representative of the organization Alexander Artemyev said that Amnesty takes office at the Department of state property of Moscow for the past 20 years. “We have not received any warnings or explanations. We have been in contact with officials every year, when discussing the question of the Board. We always pay the rent last paid in October,” — said Artemyev.
According to him, on Wednesday, about nine in the morning, before the start of the working day, without any warning, the office was opened and in the room replaced all the locks to install new ones. The alarm, according to Artemyev, disconnected with electricity. “Even before the 11 a.m. food, the energy saving system which is offline work for two hours. On the sealed door is the seal of the state property and given contact numbers that do not answer. The notice says that on removal of the property must apply to the Department on the street Bakhrushina, 20. Inside the office facing the camera, but access to them is not. The employee is now in the stairwell and we are awaiting a response from the Department,” — said Artemyev.
The Kremlin does not have information about the sealing of the office of the international human rights organization “Amnesty International” in Moscow. Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov said: “the first time I hear about it. I absolutely do not have any information in this regard” (quoted by “Interfax”).
Sands suggested that “there’s some information that you may have the office staff,” and advised to contact them.
In the division of internal and external communications of the Department of city property told aware of the situation of human rights defenders, but not yet ready to answer the question about the reasons of opening the office.