The European Court has taken notice of Nizhny Novgorod detoxification centres

Событие | Пресс центр

24 марта 2009

Today the Interregional Committee against Torture has learnt that the European Court of Human Rights has communicated the application of Mr. Anoshin’s relatives; Mr. Anoshin was killed by officer Maslov from the Sovietskiy district detoxification centre (Nizhny Novgorod).  

You may remember that in August the Sovietskiy district court found officer Maslov guiltyof the crime under p.1 art.105 of the RF CC and p.3 art.286 of the RF CC and sentenced him to 14 years of imprisonment in an increased security penal colony.

Officer Maslov’s colleagues – former policemen Ageyev and Antonov – were found guilty of negligence and relieved of criminal responsibility due to expiry of the limitation period.

In summer 2002 Alexander Anoshin from Nizhny Novgorod was detained for intoxication in public and taken to the medical detoxification centre of the Sovietskiy district Directorate of the Interior. At night he died.

Mr. Anoshin’s relatives applied to the Committee against Torture, the Committee conducted an investigation and revealed that the state had violated art. 2 and 13 of the European Convention on human rights and fundamental freedoms (right to life and effective investigation correspondingly). On 19 December 2005 the application was registered by the European Court of Human Rights.