Amnesty International to Apply for New Moscow Office Rental Contract

© AP Photo / Ivan SekretarevThe office of Amnesty International is sealed by Moscow city authorities in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016
The office of Amnesty International is sealed by Moscow city authorities in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016 - Sputnik International
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The Amnesty International rights group, whose office in Moscow was sealed off last week, will send the municipal authorities a notification with a request to sign a new contract to rent the same office, head of the organization's office in Moscow Sergey Nikitin said Monday.

The office of Amnesty International is sealed by Moscow city authorities in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016 - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Amnesty International rights group, whose office in Moscow was sealed off last week, will send the municipal authorities a notification with a request to sign a new contract to rent the same office, head of the organization's office in Moscow Sergey Nikitin said Monday.

"Today I held a meeting with Moscow's City Property Department head Vladimir Efimov, where we exchanged views on the situation. We agreed that I will write a notification with a request to sign a new rental contract," Nikitin told RIA Novosti.

According to Nikitin, the meeting was held in a constructive manner.

"We hope that this problem will be solved in the near future… They [the municipal authorities] say that the previous rental contract has been canceled, and that is why the new contract is the only possible option," he said.

On November 2, municipal authorities, citing rental contract violations, sealed the Moscow office of the Amnesty International. Moscow's City Property Department said in a statement that the watchdog had been informed beforehand. The organization's staff said they received no such notifications.

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