Buzychkin vs. Russia. Inhuman detention conditions


15 October 2008

Yesterday the European Court of Human Rights adjudicated on another case of the Committee against Torture – Byzychkin vs. Russia. TheEuropean Courtruled that Mr. Buzychkin’s detention conditions in SIZO-52/1 in Nizhny Novgorod and SIZO 48/3 in Moscow did not comply with the requirements of art.3 of the European Convention. Besides, the Court found violation of art. 13 because the applicant did not receive effective legal protection of his rights on the domestic level.  

It should be mentioned that this is not the first case dealing with inhuman detention conditions in both detention centres – last year the Court found similar violations in the case Babushkin vs. Russia.  Such cases appear to be the peculiarity of the Russian penal system as a whole, not only of Nizhny Novgorod region. The Committee against Torture hopes that an increase in financing of for the Federal Penal Service Administration will contribute to solving the problem of pre-trial detention and the state will manage to bring detention conditions in compliance with the European standards.

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