The ECHR ordered Russia to pay three Russians 95 thousand euros compensation for torture in police

Russia has refused to conduct an investigation against accused law enforcement officers


The European court of human rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg awarded to Russians Alexander Alisovo, Nikita Deniskina and Yuri Santova complained of torture in police, compensation in the amount of 95 thousand Euro. About it reports Russian service of the BBC.

The court’s decision concerned the complaints of three Russians, residents of the Sverdlovsk region and Orenburg, filed in unrelated incidents of violence to the police. They appealed to the ECHR in the period from 2009 to 2014.

Alisov was detained in Orenburg in may 2006 on suspicion of organizing contract killings, Danskin in Nizhny Novgorod in December 2010. Umbrellas – in the Orenburg region in August 2011 on suspicion of theft.

In all three cases the victims were detained on suspicion of a criminal offence, and for some time was kept by the police. The plaintiffs said that the police beat them with fists, kicked, struck with a baton, choked and bound to cause suffering poses.

In all three cases, the detention was not documented, and the detainees themselves gave the court the medical examination of traumas, which, as the court ruled, could really be sustained during torture.

“These circumstances were sufficient to the plaintiffs’ complaint was considered valid. In such circumstances, the burden of proof falls on the state, which was to provide a convincing explanation and evidence that would put into question the version of the plaintiffs”, – stated in the reasoning part of the judgment.

However, in all three cases, the authorities did not, refusing to conduct an investigation against the accused police officers, who stated that the plaintiffs caused his injury themselves. Waivers were approved by the courts to local jurisdictions. The ECHR drew attention to the fact that Russian courts have recognized unconfirmed and unconvincing testimony against the police officers.

Given the fact that the government did not provide evidence of innocence of the police, the court decided the case in favor of the plaintiffs, ruling that their relationship was broken the third article of the European Convention for the protection of human rights.

In addition to the payment of 95 million euros the court ordered Russia to pay costs in the amount of 3 thousand euros.