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FEDERAL LAW OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

of May 2, 2006 No. 59-FZ

About procedure for consideration of addresses of citizens of the Russian Federation

(as amended on 27-12-2018)

Accepted by the State Duma on April 21, 2006

Approved by the Federation Council on April 26, 2006

Article 1. Scope of this Federal Law

1. This Federal Law regulates the legal relationship connected with realization by the citizen of the Russian Federation (further also - the citizen) the right to the appeal to state bodies and local government bodies reserved for it the Constitution of the Russian Federation, and also the procedure for consideration of addresses of citizens is established by state bodies, local government bodies and officials.

2. The procedure for consideration of addresses of citizens established by this Federal Law extends to all addresses of citizens, except for addresses which are subject to consideration according to the procedure, established by the Federal constitutional Laws and other Federal Laws.

3. The procedure for consideration of addresses of citizens established by this Federal Law extends to the legal relationship connected with consideration of addresses of the foreign citizens and stateless persons, except as specified, established by the international treaty of the Russian Federation or the Federal Law.

4. The procedure for consideration of addresses of citizens by state bodies established by this Federal Law, local government bodies and officials extends to the legal relationship connected with consideration by the specified bodies, officials of addresses of associations of citizens, including legal entities and also to the legal relationship connected with the consideration of addresses of citizens, associations of citizens, including legal entities performing publicly significant functions by the public and local government offices, other organizations and their officials.

Article 2. Right of citizens to the address

1. Citizens have the right to address personally, and also to send individual and collective appeals, including appeals of associations of citizens, including legal entities, to state bodies, local government bodies and to their officials, to the public and local government offices and other organizations to which implementation of publicly significant functions, and to their officials is assigned.

2. Citizens exercise the right to the address freely and voluntarily. Implementation by citizens of the right to the address shall not violate the rights and freedoms of other persons.

3. Consideration of addresses of citizens is performed free of charge.

Article 3. Legal regulation of the legal relationship connected with consideration of addresses of citizens

1. The legal relationship connected with consideration of addresses of citizens are regulated by the Constitution of the Russian Federation, international treaties of the Russian Federation, the Federal constitutional Laws, this Federal Law and other Federal Laws.

2. The laws and other regulatory legal acts of subjects of the Russian Federation can establish the provisions directed to protection of the right of citizens to the address including establish the guarantees of the right of citizens for the address supplementing the guarantees established by this Federal Law.

Article 4. The main terms used in this Federal Law

For the purposes of this Federal Law the following main terms are used:

1) the address of the citizen (further - the address) - the offer sent to state body, local government body or to the official in writing or in electronic form, the statement or the claim, and also the oral appeal of the citizen to state body, local government body;

2) the offer - the recommendation of the citizen about enhancement of the laws and other regulatory legal acts, activities of state bodies and local government bodies, development of the public relations, improvement social and economic and other fields of activity of the state and society;

3) the statement - the citizen's request for assistance in realization of its constitutional rights and freedoms or constitutional rights and freedoms of other persons, or the message on violation of the laws and other regulatory legal acts, shortcomings of work of state bodies, local government bodies and officials, or the critic of activities of the specified bodies and officials;

4) the claim - the citizen's request for recovery or protection of its violated rights, freedoms or legitimate interests or rights, freedoms or legitimate interests of other persons;

5) the official - person, is permanent, temporary or on special power performing functions of the public agent or performing organizational and administrative, administrative functions in state body or local government body.

Article 5. The citizen's rights by consideration of the address

By consideration of the address by state body, local government body or the official the citizen has the right:

1) to submit additional documents and materials or to request their reclamation, including electronically;

2) to get acquainted with the documents and materials concerning consideration of the address if it does not affect the right, freedoms and legitimate interests of other persons and if the specified documents and materials do not contain the data which are the state or protected by the Federal Law other secret;

3) to receive the written pertinent answer of the questions raised in the address, except as specified, specified in article 11 of this Federal Law, and in the case provided by part 5.1 of article 11 of this Federal Law based on the address with request for its provision, the notification on readdress of the written appeal to state body, local government body or to the official which competence includes the solution of the questions raised in the address;

4) to address with the claim to the decision made according to the address or to action (failure to act) in connection with consideration of the address in administrative and (or) legal process in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation;

5) to file the application for revocation of the address.

Article 6. Security guarantees of the citizen in connection with its address

1. Prosecution of the citizen in connection with its appeal to state body, local government body or to the official with criticism of activities of the specified bodies or the official or for the purpose of recovery or protection of the rights, freedoms and legitimate interests or the rights, freedoms and legitimate interests of other persons is forbidden.

2. By consideration of the address disclosure of the data containing in the address and also the data concerning private life of the citizen without its consent is not allowed. Is not disclosure of the data containing in the address, the direction of the written appeal to state body, local government body or to the official which competence includes the solution of the questions raised in the address.

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