The Department for Property of the City of Moscow sealed the Moscow office of Amnesty International human rights organization.
"Due to substantial violations of conditions of rent payment, the organization was notified in written form about the need to repay the debt within a month. The company was also informed that the rental agreement would be terminated in three months otherwise. The organization ignored the claim," a message from the Department for Property said.
Human rights activists were thus unable to enter their office. It was also noted that Amnesty International was supposed to send a formal appeal to the department to remove the property of the organization from the office.
Later, John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International's Europe and Central Asia Director, described the incident as an unpleasant surprise and set out a hope for a quick resolution of the situation.
"We are 100% confident that we fulfilled all our obligations as tenants," Dalhuisen said.
He also noted that the human rights organization had not received any prior warning.
Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov has said that the Kremlin did not know anything about the situation around the Moscow office of Amnesty International.
Amnesty International is an international NGO based in the UK in 1961. As of 2013, Amnesty International has about seven million supporters in almost every country and region of the world, including more than two million members and more than five million activists. The organization draws attention to violations of human rights and advocates compliance with international standards.
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