On 14 May 2013, during an International Legal Forum which took place in St Petersburg, the Russian Minister for Justice, Alexander Konovalov, stated that his Ministry will demand the closure of election watchdog GOLOS if the NGO refuses to register as a 'foreign agent'. The statement from Minister Konovalov comes while court proceedings against GOLOS are pending.
On 25 April 2013, the Russian election watchdog GOLOS Association for the defence of the rights of voters became the first NGO to be fined under the controversial 'Foreign Agents' Law. The decision was taken by the Presnensky Court of Moscow.
On 9 April 2013, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation opened a case of administrative violation against the GOLOS Association for the defence of the rights of voters (Golos means “Voice” or “Vote” in Russian) and its executive director Ms Lilya Shibanova. GOLOS is a Russian non-profit organisation which was founded in 2000 for the protection of voters’ rights and the development of civil society.
On 11 December 2011, the words “Shibanova, die” were discovered daubed on the apartment door of Ms Lilya Shibanova, head of election monitoring organisation NGO for Democratic Rights and Liberties Golos (“Voice” or “Vote” in Russian).