Today, on 7 June 2017, the Orenburg Regional Court upheld the ruling of the court of the first instance on awarding five thousand rubles to Sergey Nikonorov as a compensation of moral damage inflicted to him by criminal actions of former head of Penal Colony No 11 Filyus Khusainov. According to human rights defenders and the victim the amount of the compensation does not correspond either to the gravity of the inflicted damage or to practice of the European Court of Human Rights, that is why this ruling will be appealed at the court of cassation.
As we have previously reported, head of Penal Colony No 11 Filyus Khusainov used threats and creating unbearable conditions to force Sergey Nikonorov and other convicts to perform construction works at his summer cottage (we wrote about this case).
Human rights defenders started working on this situation after 26 July 2013, when Irina Balashova applied for help. According to the woman, her partner Sergey Nikonorov was trapped in unbearable and inhuman conditions created by the staff of Penal Colony (settlement) no. 11 for Orenburg region, which is headed by Filyus Khusainov: convicts were systematically subjected to ill-treatment, including threats of sexual abuse. The treatment had been caused by Nikonorov’s refusals to work at construction sites, and his forced labor complaints lodged with the Investigative Committee and the Prosecutor’s Office.
In particular, Sergey told in detail how he was building a country house and a sauna for head of Penal Colony-Settlement No.11 Filyus Khusainov. Nikonorov insisted that during the check of the testimony on site he can indicate such details which cannot be known to a stranger, and even to the owner of the constructed facilities himself, but only to the immediate performer of the construction work.
In the course of the judicial proceedings former head of Penal Colony Settlement No.11 admitted his guilt, but only partially, denying his guilt in the part of using a fire-arm for the purpose of the victim Nikanorov intimidation. However, the court, having evaluated all the cumulative evidence, came to the conclusion that Khusainov used fire-arm during committing the crime. In particular, the victim precisely described the appearance of the gun before the traumatic weapon was seized in the course of the search in the Khusainov’s apartment. In addition, witness S., who was refurbishing the internal premises of a country house, stated that he heard a loud bang during Khusainov’s visit to the construction site. A dent on the stainless steel sheet of the fencing, which, according to the expert examination, could be made by the bullet fired from a traumatic gun, completes the picture.
On 4 May 2016 judge of the Novotroitskiy City Court Ekaterina Rodygina passed a judgment of conviction to former head of Penal Colony-Settlement No.11 of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia for the Orenburg region Filyus Khusainov. He was declared guilty of committing the crime under item «а» part 3 Article 286 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation («abuse of office performed using violence or with a threat of its use») and sentenced to three years of prison term in a standard regime penal colony. In addition, Khusainov is debarred from holding a public office within two years.
On 31 August of last year the judicial panel of the Orenburg Regional Court upheld this ruling.
After the verdict has entered the legal force lawyer of the Committee for the Prevention of Torture Albina Mudarisova, representing the interests of Sergey Nikonorov, applied to court with a lawsuit on compensation of moral damage inflicted to the victim and compensation of losses incurred through Filyus Khusainov’s crime.
On 22 March of this year judge of the Central District Court of Orenburg Albina Andronova partially satisfied the claims under the lawsuit, having awarded Sergey Nikonorov with seventy five thousand rubles out of claimed eight hundred fifty thousand rubles as a compensation of moral damage. The court dismissed the claims under the lawsuit with regard to compensation of losses.
Sergey Nikonorov and his representative were not satisfied with the amount of the compensation and applied to the Orenburg Regional Court with a complaint. The Federal Penitentiary Service of the RF also submitted the appellate appeal, asking the court to dismiss the lawsuit altogether, since Khusainov was convicted after his firing.
Today the Orenburg Regional Court upheld the ruling of the court of the first instance and dismissed the complaints of the participants of the court hearing.
“We cannot accept this amount of compensation and we will appeal against the ruling of the regional court in the court of cassation, – Albina Mudarisova says. – We should not forget that Sergey’s emotional stress was aggravated by the fact that the crime against him was performed by an officer, a representative of authority, who was authorized by the state for reformation of the convicts and prevention of committing new crimes”.
As we have previously reported, on 5 April 2017, judge of the Novotroitsky City Court of the Orenburg region Pavel Ivlev passed a sentence to former superiors of Penal Colony Settlement No 11, having declared former head of this institution Filyus Khusainov and his deputy Murat Kumarov guilty under three articles of the criminal code of Russia. They share two articles: sexual battery performed by a group of persons by previous concert and exceeding official authority. In addition, the court declared Mr Khusainov guilty of abuse of office and Mr Kumarov – of bribery. Former Head of Penal Colony No 11 is sentenced to seven years jail time, and his subordinate – to five and a half years jail time.