The focus of the fifteenth round of human rights consultations between the EU and Russia was the recent legal developments affecting the civil society environment in Russia. The meeting took place on 20 July in Brussels, where the EU expressed concerns about legislation curbing foreign funding for local NGOs, the tightening of rules on permission for public assembly, reinstating slander as a criminal offence and tougher state control over the internet. Other topics discussed included the latest developments in the ongoing investigation into the death in custody of corporate lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, as well as cases involving human rights defenders (eg Natalya Estemirova), journalists (eg Anna Politkovskaya) and lawyers in the Northern Caucasus. Both sides agreed that further clarification in individual cases is needed. The sides also discussed their cooperation in international fora (OSCE, Council of Europe, UN General Assembly and Human Rights Council). The next round of consultations should be held this autumn and the EU reiterated its wish to hold the meeting for the first time in Moscow.