Russian Supreme Court to review appeal of Bolotnaya activist after ECHR ruling
MOSCOW, September 21 (RAPSI) – The Presidium of the Supreme Court of Russia will review the case of a Bolotnaya square riots case defendant Vladimir Akimenkov due to the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), lawyer Dmitry Agranovsky has told RAPSI.
In February, ECHR dismissed a major part of the Akimenkov’s appeal, recognizing only some of the violations.
The applicant claimed that Russian authorities violated Article 3 (Prohibition of torture) of the European Convention of Human Rights. The court found that there was a violation regarding conditions of his pre-trial detention but dismissed it in part regarding failure to provide competent medical assistance. In particular, ECHR found that there was a violation of Article 3 because of conditions during Akimenkov’s transportation to the court and his placement in a glass cabin in the courtroom.
Also, ECHR found violation of the Article 5 (right to liberty and security) of the Convention regarding grounds for his placement in detention.
As a result, the court granted Akimenkov 10,000 euro in compensation.
Public protests erupted on Bolotnaya Square on the eve of Vladimir Putin’s inauguration for a third presidential term in May 2012. The rally culminated in clashes between protesters and the police. Over 400 people were arrested, and scores were injured when protesters briefly broke through police lines. Several criminal cases under Article 318 of the Criminal Code for using violence against officials were launched as a result.
Akimenkov was among some of the defendants that were subjected to the criminal amnesty in late 2013.