European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) carried out the decision to recover 377 thousand euros in favor of 12 Russians who complained of torture by the police.
The court noted that the applicants had been subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment and, in two cases, torture, in violation of the provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights. In none of the cases did the police fail to carry out their duty of effectively investigating cases.
One of the cases occurred in Sochi in 2013. police officers detained Mardiros Demerchan was beaten and tortured on suspicion of stealing a cable. The victim had a concussion, numerous bruises, broken teeth, traces of sexual violence. The victim appealed to the Investigative Committee of Russia, but in the end he himself was charged with a false denunciation of the police and convicted. He was awarded 52 thousand euros.
Anatoly Zhukov, according to the court, was beaten by the police in 2016. He was hospitalized, in the hospital he was diagnosed with pneumothorax and underwent emergency surgery. After being discharged from the hospital, Zhukov turned to the Investigative Committee with a statement about the crime, but the initiation of a case against the policemen was refused. The court awarded him 26,000 euros.
The ECHR pointed out that the investigating authorities of the Russian Federation, refusing to initiate cases against the policemen, based their conclusions mainly on the statements of the employees involved in the case, and ignored the complaints of the victims.
In June, resident Vladimir Putin signed laws that allow Russian courts to overrule ECtHR decisions made after March 15. On this day, Russia decided to withdraw from the Council of Europe even before the vote in PACE, which supported its exclusion from the organization. 16 March Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe decided to exclude Russia from the Council of Europe.
Russia currently owes about 74 million euros in fair compensation under the decisions of the ECtHR, excluding 1.9 billion in favor of the former shareholders of Yukos.