A police abuse victim from Nizhny Novgorod will get 200 thousand rubles


27 September 2011

This sum will be paid by the Russian Treasury to Nizhny Novgorod resident Alexey Yakimov for tortures by the police in 2009. On September 20, 2011 the civil division of the Nizhny Novgorod regional court upheld the first instance court decision, thus confirming that Alexey Yakimov could obtain the amount due to him.

You may remember that on July 4, 2011 the Kanavinsky district court of Nizhny Novgorod sustained the suit of Alexey Yakimov who had been tortured by officers of the Nizhegorodsky District Directorate of the Interior of Nizhny Novgorod in part and awarded him moral and material damages. Earlier the ICAT reported that the responsible policemen had been convictedand the verdict had entered into force. The court had sentenced operational investigators Oleg Koregin and Anatoly Timofeyev to three years of imprisonment.

The court held that the Russian Finance Ministry should pay Mr. Yakimov 200000 rubles as compensation of moral damage and 850 rubles of pecuniary damage.  

Alexey Yakimov and his representatives – lawyers of the Committee Against Torture – were satisfied with the first instance court judgment.

Although the court had studied and established all facts of the case in the context of criminal proceedings and all these facts were stipulated in an effective judgment and were not questionable,   representatives of the Finance Ministry, Nizhny Novgorod Regional Administration of the Ministry of the Interior and Nizhegorodsky District Directorate of the Interior of Nizhny Novgorod opposed the suit and urged the court not to sustain it in whole. Besides, the Russian Finance Ministry lodged a cassation appeal.

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