A resident of St. Petersburg, Alexander Vinogradov, won a case against Russia in the European Court of Human Rights due to a conflict with police officers, as a result of which his ribs were broken. The ECHR ordered the Russian authorities to pay the activist compensation of 26 thousand euros. Vinogradov told the Sever.Realii correspondent about this.
After the military invasion of Ukraine began, Russia stopped implementing the decisions of the ECHR, but Alexander Vinogradov is confident that he will eventually receive compensation.
Commenting on the court’s decision in Strasbourg, Vinogradov said that “the question is not about money,” but about the moral satisfaction that he feels after 7 years of fighting for what is right. According to Vinogradov, only in the European Court was he able to prove that he was telling the truth, that in Russian courts he was deprived of the right to defense and to prosecute those who beat him.
Alexander Vinogradov is a St. Petersburg activist who has been fighting illegal trade for many years. In 2016, he was the head of the public organization “Potrebnadzor” and helped the “Center for Improving the Efficiency of Use of State Property” (CPIGI) to demolish illegal stalls in the north of St. Petersburg free of charge.
In early December 2016, a police patrol stopped his car and demanded that he open the car for inspection. Vinogradov agreed to search the car only in the presence of witnesses, but the police officers were not satisfied with this. They wrung out the car window and sprayed a gas canister into the car. Vinogradov was forced to get out of the car, after which the police used a combat technique on him, breaking three ribs. After leaving the hospital, Vinogradov tried to have a criminal case initiated against the law enforcement officers who detained him. The Investigative Committee carried out checks several times, but refused to initiate a criminal case, stating that there was no evidence of a crime.
In 2018, the activist appealed to the ECHR. Recently, Vinogradov received a decision from the European Court of Human Rights on his application.