Govt to pay €36 thousands to victims of Major Evsyukov’s shooting
The ECHR found the Russian Government guilty of violating the right to life.
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) upheld the complaint of the three victims of the shooting at Moscow Ostrov supermarket started by the chief of the Tsaritsyno police department, Major Denis Evsyukov. The victims were seriously injured, yet the authorities refused to pay compensation, and Russian courts sided with the Ministry of Finance rejecting the victims’ claims. However, the ECHR found the Russian government guilty of violating the right to life (Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms). The court ordered the Government to pay 12 thousand euros to each of the sufferers: Alena Dudal, Ilya Gerasimenko and Luiza Salikhova.
According to the ECHR decision, the Russian Government violated the right to life, allowing Evsyukov to serve in law enforcement and providing him with access to weapons, despite the existing contraindications. Moreover, according to the European Court, Evsyukov had not been assessed properly as candidate and had been left without due supervision after subsequent promotion.
"The ECHR decision is just the beginning”, said Alena Dudal’s attorney Irina Khrunova. “We are going to turn to the national courts to revoke the Tverskoy court ruling. The European Court verdict is a new fact that allows reversing the decision made by the national court. "
We should remind that late on April 26, 2009 Police Major Denis Evsyukov, who headed Tsaritsyno police department, opened fire on customers of Ostrov supermarket in Moscow. The shooting killed two people (Sergey Evteev and Elmira Turdaeva) and left seven people wounded. Evsyukov fired at Alena Dudal’s left shoulder blade damaging the cervical vertebra. Luiza Salikhova got her jaw injured, and Ilya Gerasimenko was wounded in the head and torso; they never managed to take the bullet out of his heart, and the rehabilitation took the young man about a year.
On February 19, 2010 the Moscow City Court sentenced Evsyukov to a life imprisonment that he is serving in Polyarnaya Sova colony (Russian for Snowy Owl) in the village of Harp located in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District.
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