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ECHR: Russia to pay € 95,000 for police brutality
15:38, 2 May 2017
ECHR: Russia to pay € 95,000 for police brutality

The court made decision in the case of three Russians who complained about tortures that the police applied against them

15:38, 2 May 2017

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Russian citizens Aleksandr Olisov, Nikita Danishkin and Yuriy Zontov will get the compensation in the amount of 95,000 Euros – for the damage they suffered due to tortures. The European Court for Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg ruled that as quoted by BBC Russia.

In 2009-2014, the three men filed appeals, complaining about cases of police brutality that took place in Orenburg and Sverdlovsk oblast (Russia). The cases were not related, but the court decided to unite them in one. In all three cases, the aggrieved persons were detained as suspects in a crime and were forcefully detained by the police. Olisov was detained in Orenburg in May 2006, as a suspect in an assassination; Danishkin was detained in Nizhniy Novgorod in December 2010; and Zontov was detained in August 2011 and charged with theft.    

The complainants reported that the police applied force – they punched and kicked them, hit them with police batons, strangled and tied them in unnatural positions, which made them feel excruciating pain.

None of the detentions were documented officially; the complainants provided the court with health screening, which the court found efficient, as such injuries really could have taken place due to tortures.

‘These circumstances were enough for the court to find the appeals credible. Under such conditions, the authorities should be providing satisfactory evidence that would put in doubt the appeal of the complainants,’ the court ruled.  

The Russian authorities refused to investigate any of the cases, while the charged policemen claimed that the complainants injured themselves. The ECHR also noted that the Russian courts recognized the testimonies against the policemen as ‘non-confirmed and non-compelling’.

Taking into account that the Russian government filed no evidence of innocence of the policemen, the ECHR ruled to satisfy the lawsuit filed by the complainants; according to the final verdict, the police acted in breach of Article 3 of the European Convention for Human Rights.   

Source: BBC Russia

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