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Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Russian Constitutional Court Backs Whistleblowers

Posted by Info on 03/07/2011

The Constitutional Court ruled that state employees cannot be punished for engaging in whistleblowing activities against their superiors.
The court based its ruling on the case of two state employees, a police officer and tax inspector who both were fired for criticizing their bosses.

“A state employer might express his opinion (based on real facts) if it concerns public interests and if it is not motivated by an intent to defame or pursue personal goals.”

The decision was made in favor of Alexei Mukomolin, a police officer from Tolyatti in the Samara region who criticized his superiors in a video statement posted online in 2009. Mukomolin received a warning and, after he staged a picket in protest, was fired from the police force.

The other plaintiff, Lyubov Kondratyeva, a tax inspector from Moscow, was fired after questioning her superiors’ travel expenses during an interview on Stolitsa television.

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