EURASIA LIFT

Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Why Has Strasbourg Court Fined Russia? 15 million in Damages

Posted by Info on 20/05/2011

Overall, the Russian government’s monthly (April 2011) court-ordered bill reached over 370,000 euros for pensioners’ poverty, housing fraud, torture, Chechnya, and prison diseases.

The European Court ruled that Russia had violated freedom of assembly and association (Article 11 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms) by pushing for dissolution of the Republican Party. Russia’s loss in the first Strasbourg case involving the Russian political system has dealt a hard blow to the reputation of the Justice Ministry, which represents our country in all matters before the European Court and which was also behind the liquidation of Ryzhkov’s party. The international court proved once again that the issue of registration of political parties by Alexander Konovalov’s agency has little to do with law and everything to do with politics.

Russia will voluntarily pay 2,000 euros under an amicable settlement to Nina Bogatova, an 83-year-old retiree from Elektrostal. She worked all her life in hazardous industries but had to go to court to claim her pension supplement privileges.The indignant retiree sued the government in Strasbourg. Once it realised it was in for a 100% loss in this particular case, the state backed down and immediately offered an amicable settlement, to which the woman agreed.
But Valentina Baturlova, a 65-year-old retiree, in a totally similar case decided to fight to the end. Russia was found guilty of violating the right to a fair trial and the pensioner was awarded 7,000 euros in moral damages.

The European Court awarded a total of 213,850 euros to 40 Russians from 23 Russian regions who were faced with non-enforcement of court decisions.

The ECHR awarded 9,000 euros in moral damages for scrotum squeezing, beating, and strangulation to Smolensk resident Nikolai Fedorov. The Court ruled that police officers illegally held the man in a temporary jail cell, where they clubbed him.

Alexander Vasyukov, a convicted killer serving a 12-year prison term, will receive 18,000 euros from the Russian treasury in compensation for the inability of the Russian authorities to diagnose his TB while he was incarcerated, and for inadequate medical assistance while in prison.

The wife and the mother of Khamzat Tushaev, a missing resident in Chechnya will get 60,000 euros. He was a member of an underground rebel group until 2003, when he learned of a so-called amnesty for the rebels. On 12 June that year, he came to the FSB Division in Chechnya, surrendered his semi-automatic gun and radio, and was amnestied. Three years later, on 8 June 2006, Khamzat Tushaev was subpoenaed to appear for questioning at the prosecutor’s office of Grozny’s Leninsky District. He entered the guarded compound and has never been seen since.

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