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EUROPEAN COURT OF 
HUMAN RIGHTS 
COUNCIL OF EUROPE
Strasbourg
First Section
Section Registrar 
Soren Nielsen
19 July 2004 

By fax and by mail
Application 8269/02
SUTYAZHNIK v. Russia

Dear sir, 

In reply of your letter of 29 June 2004 I inform you that we would prefer to submit further observations at an oral hearing due to the following reasons. 

1. In case of Sutyazhnik v. Russia the positions of parties have been determined but interpretation of the facts, represented by the parties, is not determined. It presupposes additional oral elucidation for elimination of the contradictory interpretation. 

2. The case of Sutyazhnik is of great importance as it is aimed at solution of the general problem of violation of the right to association. Due to illegal actions of the Russian Federation Ministry of Justice a great number of organizations were not re-registered in accordance with the Federal law On social organizations. 

In our opinion, the supervisory-review procedure, set by the Russian legislation, broke Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Sutyazhnik as well as many other associations in Russia have difficulties in realization of their rights as the legal certainty was violated, and the organization did not receive the judicial protection. 

The case of Sutyazhnik is not a single example of violation of the right to court for social organizations. 

At present it is the problem which is actual for other organizations in Russia which can become potential victims of violation of the right to association. The correct solution of the case of Sutyazhnik can influence the future workload of the European Court of Human Rights. 

Sincerely yours, 

Ludmila Churkina 
Legal representative of Sutyazhnik 
for proceedings before the European Court of Human Rights__________
 
 
 
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