27 Aug 2019 12:42

Russia to decide on Magnitsky family's compensation within 3 months - Justice Ministry

MOSCOW. Aug 27 (Interfax) - The Russian Justice Ministry is studying the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR)'s judgment granting 34,000 euros in compensation to the family of Hermitage Capital auditor Sergei Magnitsky; a decision on appealing this judgement will be made within three months.

"The judgment has yet to take effect, therefore, the Russian Justice Ministry will decide on lodging an appeal with the ECHR Grand Chamber after studying it within the prescribed three-month period," a spokesman for the ministry told Interfax.

Earlier in the day, the ECHR found that there had been violation of certain articles of the Human Rights Convention in the Magnitsky and Others vs. Russia case.

"The court held, unanimously, that there had been a violation of Article 3 owing to Mr. Magnitsky's ill-treatment by prison guards and the lack of an effective investigation" into his death, the judgment said.

The court compelled the Russian authorities to pay 34,000 euros to the widow and mother of Magnitsky, who died in prison in 2009, after the judgment takes effect three months from now.