The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ordered Ukraine to pay EUR 4,000 to Ukrainian Anna Sinkova for her arrest after she fried eggs on the Eternal Fire memorial in Kyiv. This is stated in the decision of the ECHR, issued on Tuesday, February 27.
"The court decided that the respondent State (Ukraine) must pay the applicant EUR 4,000 plus any tax that may be recoverable as compensation for moral damage in the currency of the respondent State," the ECHR decision said.
In addition, the European Court of Human Rights in its decision of February 27 rejected the complaint of Sinkova on key points. The ECHR did not see sufficient arguments in favor of the fact that the case has signs of political persecution. Also, the Strasbourg court found no violations in the initial arrest of the girl. At the same time, the fact that she was kept in the isolator for almost a month after the arrest period had expired was sufficient reason to claim a violation of the European Convention on Human Rights.
We recall, Anna Sinkova is a member of the organization "Brotherhood of St. Luke". She was detained on December 16, 2010, in the Park of Glory in Kyiv. At the memorial of the eternal fire, Sinkova and several people fried eggs and sausages. The girl shooted a video, positioning it as a protest and patriotiс action. She was arrested on charges of hooliganism. Sinkova spent three months in custody. The court found her guilty of desecrating the grave and sentenced to three years probation.
In 2011, the girl complained to the ECHR of violating her rights for a number of episodes. She considered her initial arrest unlawful; complained that she remained in custody even after the arrest had expired; she considered the conviction to be a violation of the right to freedom of speech; and the whole matter, in her conviction, had signs of political persecution.