Court stops proceedings in case of “Valentin Manuylov” publishing house, recognized as foreign agent
Penza, 14 October 2016. PenzaNews. The Leninsky Penza city area court stopped proceedings in the lawsuit of “Valentin Manuylov” publishing house against the regional department of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation, under which the autonomous nonprofit organization trшed to challenge the inspection act of 12 April 2016, which allowed including the organization in the list of foreign agents. This was reported by Evgeny Malyshev, assistant editor-in-chief of “Ulitsa Moskovskaya” newspaper.
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“There will be no court on the foreign agent case: the Ministry of Justice ran out of arguments, and the Leninsky city area court ran out of judges. We simply were told that we have no right to challenge the act of inspection of the Ministry of Justice,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
Evgeny Malyshev reminded that the claim was filed to the court on May 4, since then there were five hearings with several judges coming and going.
“The first judge Andrei Lidin was looking into the case for a few weeks, and then he disqualified himself. The judge Yulia Andrianova appointed a psycho-linguistic expertise in July, and in September went on vacation not having received its results. And then, Arkady Selivestrov made a decision to stop proceedings in the lawsuit. As stipulated in the operative part of the judgment, “Valentin Manuylov” publishing house has no right to unilaterally challenge the findings of the inspection of the department of the Ministry of Justice,” the journalist said.
He noted that, however, the publishing house has the right to challenge the order of the Ministry of Justice to include the organization in the list of foreign agents, which is based on the controversial act of inspection.
In the comments to his post, Evgeny Malyshev said that such change of events was unexpected to the organization and did not eliminate the possibility to file an appeal against the court decision.