The European Court passed a ruling in the case of the CAT applicant from Nizhny Novgorod, Oleg Silverstov. The court acknowledged a violation of Article 3 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms («No one shall be subjected to torture or inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment»). In the ruling it is stated that despite the reliable evidence of brutal treatment provided by Silverstov, the investigation was shallow, and the proportionality of the force applied against the man, was not assessed at the national level.
It is worth noting that Russia refused to comply with the ECHR rulings that took place after 15 March 2022.
Participant of the protest rally Oleg Silverstov applied to the CAT and told human rights defenders that the police officers beat him up during apprehension in the course of march «For Fair Elections». The event took place in Nizhny Novgorod in 2012. According to Silverstov, the police officers pulled him out of the crowd of protesters, stroke him down on the ground and started to choke, pressing his throat with hands. When the man attempted to break free, they hit him and dragged him to the bus, and at the bus they kicked him in the chest. In fear for his health, the man creeped under the bus, but the police officers pulled him out of there and started to hit his head, and at that time he lost consciousness.
Oleg was taken to Police Department No.5 at the Nizhegorodsky District, where the ambulance came and took him to hospital. Doctors diagnosed Silverstov with brain concussion and a rib cage contusion.
Oleg applied to the Investigative Committee with a crime report. The Investigative Committee issued seven rulings refusing to initiate a criminal case, six of which were quashed by the superior bodies and the Prosecutor’s Office as illegal and ungrounded. Having failed to achieve an objective investigation at the national level, the CAT lawyers, representing the interests of Oleg Silverstov, applied to the European Court of Human Rights.
It is worth pointing out that Oleg will not receive the awarded compensation of 26 thousand euro till Russia does not return under the jurisdiction of the ECHR. However, the work on revealing the facts of human rights violations continues at the international level. Such cases are documented by us, as well as by the European Court.