Today, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation will consider a class action lawsuit of Ivan Pavlov, a lawyer and the head of the Freedom of Information Foundation, journalists and social activists against the President Vladimir Putin about reticence of ‘cargo-200’ from the Donbas, Joinfo.ua reports referring to Radio Svoboda.
The plaintiffs want the presidential decree classifying the losses of personnel of the Russian military ‘in peacetime during special operations’ declared illegal.
According to the plaintiffs’ assessment of the situation, the decree was issued to impede investigations into the deaths of the Russian military in the Donbas. On the other hand, it is aimed at restraining the desire to relatives of the victims to talk to journalists or require material payments from the Ministry of Defence.
The suit was sent to the Supreme Court at the beginning of June, and Putin’s amendments to the 1995 Law “On State Secrets”, was officially introduced on May 28.
A civil society activist Ruslan Leviyev became the plaintiff after having visited different parts of Russia with his friend Vadim Korovin in order to identify the graves of the Russian soldiers killed being ‘on vacation’ in the Donbas.
Leviyev and Korovin not only found the graves, but also talked to the relatives and locals, who confirmed the information that the victims were military personnel and were killed ‘in battle.’ The graves were fresh, and, according to the activists, the soldiers were killed on May 4 and 5.
Apart from Pavlov and Leviyev, among the plaintiffs are a military journalist Arkady Babchenko, Timur Olevskii, the author of the report from the Donbas for the Dozhd TV channel, Pavel Kanygin, a reporter at Novaya Gazeta, Grigory Pasko, a journalist and former political prisoner, and a Pskov deputy Lev Shlosberg, which is one of the first people in Russia, who spoke about graves of the Russian paratroopers killed in Ukraine, and others.