4 Dec 2018 18:50

ECHR rejects Russia's request to send application of Pussy Riot members convicted for punk prayer in Moscow cathedral to Grand Chamber

MOSCOW. Dec 4 (Interfax) - European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has found no grounds to send the case of Pussy Riot members who were convicted for a "punk prayer" in Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral to its Grand Chamber.

The Russian government's request to send the "Mariya Alekhina and Others v. Russia" case to the Grand Chamber has been rejected, the court told Interfax.

It implies that Russia is given three months to pay Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina (Mariya Alekhina) 16,000 euros each, and Yekaterina Samutsevich 5,000 euros. Russia will also compensate them 11,750 euros in legal expenses.

These are the amounts of money that the ECHR had ordered Russia to pay for violating Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (freedom of expression) and Article 6 of the Convention (right to fair trial) with respect to Pussy Riot members.