ECHR obliges Russia to pay out 2, 000 euros to former Ukrainian political prisoner

Source : 112 Ukraine

The compensation is in order due to the cruel conditions of the transfer in the prison transport
17:34, 9 February 2018



The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) obliged Russia to pay out 2, 000 euros to Hennady Afanasyev, the former political prisoner of Kremlin as Afanasyev reported on Facebook.

'The ECHR completely confirmed the truth of my words and testimony on my destiny and incarceration conditions in Kremlin detention facility and on the events that took place during 767 days of my detention', Afanasyev wrote.

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At the same time, he called the compensation in the sum of 2, 000 euros despisable and he thinks that the ECHR bought Russian government.

'The ECHR violated the convention itself. It should offer Ukraine to speak out on the subject matter of my complaints because I am the citizens of Ukraine but it did not happen', Afanasyev added.

It is noted that the defense of Afanasyev filed two complaints on the cruel conditions of the transfer in the prison transport of the Federal Penal Service of Russia experienced by Afanasyev.

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Ernest Mezak, the human right defender who filed the appeal of Afanasyev to the ECHR specified on Facebook that on appeal concerned the transfer of the prisoner by railway to the prison camp in Syktyvkar and another concerned the transfer from Syktyvkar to Ukhra for the examination by an eye specialist and back in 2015.

The issue is about the extremely low square of placement, the absence of the possibility to lie down or stand up in the cell, sleep deprivation by the regime events, the absence of the WC, penetration of the cold air from the streets to the cell and other violations.

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According to him, the appeals were submitted in April-May 2016. Later the Russian government did not dispute the mentioned fact and claimed about the overstated sum of the psychological damage. Mezak sent a letter to the ECHR where he asked to collect 7, 000 and 5, 000 euros of the compensation.

Hennadiy Afanasyev and Yuriy Soloshenko returned in Ukraine after the Russian detention on June 14, 2016. they were exchanged on Olena Glishchinskaya and Vitaliy Didenko, Ukrainian reporters who had been both charged with separatism and sent to prison.

Ukrainian activist Hennadiy Afanasyev was detained in Crimea in May 2014. Russian law enforcers arrested him on charges of ‘terrorism’.



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