ECHR orders Russia to pay €99.000 to 6 victims of police tortures

ECHR orders Russia to pay €99.000 to 6 victims of police tortures
ECHR Office

The court made the decision having reviewed the case about tortures at police departments of Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod and Pskov and the republics of Mari El and Chuvashia.

The European Court of Human Rights has ordered Russia to pay €99.000 of compensation for moral damage to six victims of tortures at police stations in Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Pskov and the republics of Mari El and Chuvashia, according to Zona Prava (Zone of Law), a human rights organization.

The complaints of the victims were combined into a joint case. As the court was reviewing the case, it was established that the Russian authorities had violated Art. 3 and Art. 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights (prohibition of inhuman and degrading treatment and the right to freedom and personal inviolability). The decision stated that the tortures of the detainees had been intentional, lasted for hours and caused severe sufferings.

Gennady Sergeev from Moscow was beaten in the Mitino PD after he had asked for the book of complaints in a store in 2008 and has been awarded 20.000 euros. A resident of the Pskov region, Alexander Ksenz, who accused police officers of hitting him in the face and kidneys in the summer of 2005, has been awarded 26.000 euros. Vadim Korolyov from the Nizhny Novgorod region will get 10.000 euros: he was beaten in 2007, after he had stood up for a girl, who was getting unwanted attention from a policeman.

Ruslan Lebedev from Mari El had to undergo a month-long treatment in hospital after being beaten in the Novotoryal PD in 2007. He had a closed craniocerebral trauma, a bruise and a concussion of the brain, as well as multiple bruises and abrasions all over his body. Lebedev was awarded 30.000 euros. Another 6.000 euros Russia will have to pay to the widow of Sergei Ivanov from Chuvashia, who died in 2014. In June 2006, traffic police officers detained him without a reason, beat him and kept him in the PD for 5 hours. Another resident of Chuvashia, Vladimir Kolistratov, will get 7.000 euros: he lost two of his teeth at Novocheboksarsk police department. The detective’s version was that he had "picked up the speed and hit his face against the wall."

Zona Prava represents Sergeev, Kolistratov and Ivanov's widow, while Lebedev and Korolyov are represented by Komitet Protiv Pytok (Committee Against Torture).

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