20 Nov 2017 13:32

Man in 'Bolotnaya case' complains to Council of Europe about Russia's non-fulfilment of ECHR decision

MOSCOW. Nov 20 (Interfax) - Yaroslav Belousov, who was convicted for participating in the riots on Manezhnaya Square on central Moscow in 2012, has turned to the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers over the refusal of the Russian Supreme Court to revise his sentence after the European Court of Human Rights' decision.

"I believe the Russian Supreme Court as a representative of the state has not enforced the ECHR decision. Therefore, we are asking the Committee of Ministers of Council of Europe as a supervisory body to obligate Russia to enforce the ECHR decision," his lawyer Dmitry Agranovsky told Interfax.

In February 2014, Moscow's Zamoskvoretsky District Court found Belousov guilty of participating in riots and subjecting an authority to violence and sentenced him to 2.5 years in jail. His term was later reduced by three months.

In fall 2016, the ECHR compelled Russia to pay Belousov 12,500 euros in compensation for the non-physical damage he suffered from the breach of his civil rights. The court referred to the breach of Article 3 (prohibiting torture), Article 5 (right to freedom and personal security), Article 6 (right to a fair trial), and Article 11 (freedom of assembly and association) of the European Human Rights Convention. The court also found that the sentence handed down by a Russian court to Belousov was too severe and recommended that the sentence be revised.

On October 4, the Russian Supreme Court declined to reverse the sentence of the man in the "Bolotnaya case."