ECHR ordered Russia to pay 19.500 euros to Nizhny Novgorod resident for beating by policemen

ECHR ordered Russia to pay 19.500 euros to Nizhny Novgorod resident for beating by policemen
ECHR building in Strasbourg

All this time Nizhny Novgorod resident tried in different instances.⁠

The website of the Committee for the Prevention of Torture states that the Russian authorities will have to pay 19.500 euros to a resident of Nizhny Novgorod, Lyubov Shevtsova. This decision was taken by the European Court of Human Rights, to which the Nizhny Novgorod city resident appealed in 2007.

As the victim told, on November 6, 2001 she was visiting her sister Tatyana Larina. Two men knocked at the door, who introduced themselves as policemen. The visitors said they were looking for the eldest son of Larina to hand him a summon. Shevtsova said that now he is at work and immediately in return received a strange reaction from one of the policemen. "We're going to blow everything up," the man said. After that, the police officers offered a compromise: she takes away the summon for the nephew, and they leave. After the verbal skirmish began, one of the employees smooched Shevtsova's hand, then struck several blows. The friend of Larina, who was also in the apartment, was beaten too.

The woman recorded injuries, among which there were abrasions, bruises and a bruise of soft tissues of the chest and appealed to the Committee for the Prevention of Torture. For six years she was refused at initiation a criminal case, she filed a complaint with ECHR just in 2007.

In the ruling, the ECHR noted that the version of the Russian authorities that it was legitimate to apply physical force to Shevtsova is not convincing. According to the court, the authorities failed to "convincingly substantiate the origin" of the injuries of the Nizhny Novgorod resident, and awarded her EUR 19.500 compensation.

"Despite the fact that the European Court found the Russian Federation guilty of violating Shvetsova's right to freedom from torture and cruel, degrading treatment, the guilty will not be held responsible for this because of the expiration of the statute of limitations of criminal prosecution," said Committee's lawyer Sergey Babinets.

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