The European court of human rights ruled on the complaint of the defendant in the “Bolotnaya case” Yaroslav Belousov. The ECHR found that the rights of the student, sentenced in Russia to prison term have been violated. The court decided to pay compensation Belousov.

The decision of the ECtHR was published on the official website of the court. The court found that Russian authorities had violated article 3 (prohibition of torture), 5 (right to liberty and security of person), 6 (right to a fair trial) and 11 (freedom of Assembly and Association) of the European Convention on human rights.

According to the decision of the ECHR, the right Belousov was violated during his detention and trial. The document also says that the verdict of the Russian court against the defendant in the “Bolotnaya case” – two years and three months was too harsh. “The court finds that there was a “pressing social need” to sentence the applicant (Belousov, the author appeals to the ECHR. – Approx. to a prison term of that duration,” reads the court order. The European court of human rights has also considered that there are grounds for review of criminal proceedings in respect of Belousova.

Also, the ECHR ruled that Russia must pay Belousov compensation in the amount of 12.5 thousand euros. Payment must be made within three months after the court decision.

As noted on the website “may 6 Committee”, “this is the first decision of the ECtHR on the merits of the complaints lodged by so-called “prisoners of the Swamp”.

According to human rights activist Pavel Chikov, the verdict of the ECHR provides the basis for cancellation of the verdict of the “Bolotnaya case”. This lawyer said on Twitter. “Think for yourself, do in “swamp thing” the main thing is what is 12.5 kiloevro? Most importantly – the recognition of the criminal process bullshit (sorry)”, – said pins at itself in a microblog.

Now pending in the European court of human rights are the complaint and the other defendants in the “Bolotnaya case”: Ivan the forgetful and Dmitry Bochenkova.

Belousov was released on 8 September 2014, becoming the first freed “prisoner of the Marsh”.

February 24, 2014, along with other defendants in the “Bolotnaya case” Belousov was sentenced to a prison term. The student received two years and six months of imprisonment in a General regime colony. In June 2014 the Moscow city court reduced the term of imprisonment Belousova three months.

As a student of the faculty of political science of Moscow state University, Belousov may 6, 2012, came to the rally on Bolotnaya square, during which he was detained and brought to administrative responsibility under article 19.3 of the administrative code – disobedience to lawful order of a police officer. In June of the same year the young man was arrested and charged him with official charges of participation in mass riots and using violence against law enforcement officers.

According to investigators, he threw stones and asphalt pieces, broke through a cordon and struck blows to representatives of the authorities. The main piece of evidence was a video which shows how a student raises his hand and throws it into the crowd something yellow.

“Swamp thing” were initiated after collisions on may 6, 2012 participants agreed with the authorities “March of millions” and police on Bolotnaya square in Central Moscow. Then detained about 400 demonstrators against more than 30 people filed criminal charges. Some of them were granted Amnesty, another of the defendants have already released. Human rights activists believe prisoners of the “Bolotnaya case political prisoners.

The ECHR found a violation of the rights of the defendant in the “Bolotnaya case” Belousova 04.10.2016

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