On 18 November 2013, the Zamoskvoretsky District Court in Moscow heard the cases of Human Rights Centre 'Memorial', GOLOS, and the Public Verdict Foundation, which challenged the notices of violations received under the 'Foreign Agents' law. Following the presentation of their arguments, the court accepted their request to postpone the hearings until 4 February 2014. The Court's decision is significant as it was taken in order to await for the rulings of the European Court on Human Rights (ECtHR) or the Russian Constitutional Court – whichever comes first – courts which had earlier been seized to consider whether the 'Foreign Agents' Law complies with, respectively, the European Convention on Human Rights and the Russian Constitution.
On 25 June 2013, election watchdog GOLOS (Association for the Defence of the Rights of Voters) had its activities suspended by the Ministry of Justice for a period of six months, due to failure to register under the "foreign agents” law. GOLOS will effectively be closed down until 25 December 2013.
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).