European high court rules against Russia over human rights

European Court of Human Rights sentences Russian state over charges that it has violated right to assembly and demonstration

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Russian President Vladimir Putin walks before the 11th presidential annual news conference at the World Trade Center on Krasnaya Presnya on Dec. 17, 2015

European Court of Human Rights has decided to sentence the Russian state in a particular case over charges that it has violated citizens’ right to assembly and demonstration by using extensive police force and conducting unlawful detentions during a protest in Moscow in May 2012.

The court has disclosed on Tuesday its latest decision regarding the case of Frumkin vs. Russia which has been concerning a Russian citizen’s application against the government of Moscow over detentions and imprisonments in an anti-government protest.

Yevgeniy Frumkin was detained by Russian security forces during a political rally which aimed “to protest against abuses and falsifications in the course of the elections to the State Duma and of the President of the Russian Federation, and to demand fair elections, respect for human rights, the rule of law and the international obligations of the Russian Federation,” according to the judgment of the court.

A Russian court also decided to imprison him for fifteen days following his detention along with several other protesters, the court verdict stated.

The European high court held that “there has been a violation of Article 11 of the Convention [European Convention on Human Rights] on account of the [Russian] authorities’ failure to ensure the peaceful conduct of the assembly at Bolotnaya Square,” where the public demonstration occurred on May 6, 2012.

The court has also found that “there has been a violation of Article 11 of the Convention on account of the applicant’s arrest, pre-trial detention and administrative sentence.”

The court fined the Russian government to pay a total of 32,000 euros to the complainer Frumkin for his compensation, trial costs and expenses.

Russia has been occupying the top place among countries which have been complained about and have been convicted over human rights violations.

TRTWorld and agencies