Translation of the first “piloting” judgment of the European Court against Russia is available on our web-site

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06 марта 2009

You can find the Judgment Burdov vs. Russia no.2 in English and Russian in the section “Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights”.

    On 15 January 2009 the European Court of Human Rights delivered its first “piloting” judgment against Russia – Burdov no.2. Such judgments are delivered by the Court only if it detects systematic problems in some member-state. In the Russian Federation this problem amounts to long-term non-execution of national judgments.  More than half of all applications coming to Strasbourg from Russia are related to such situations.

You may remember that Chernobyl veteran Anatoliy Burdov has already won one case in Strasbourg in May 2002. Just like in the first case, Mr. Burdov complained about non-payment of benefits that had been awarded to him by Russian courts in the 90-s. In the context of the new case the Strasbourg court has again found the Russian Federation in breach of the European Convention and awarded Mr. Burdov 6 thousand euro. But this is not the main point. Having suspended proceedings under all Russian cases dealing with non-execution of national court judgments, the European Court has obliged the state to take a series of measures within 6 months in order to provide for adequate and full compensation of damages incurred by non-execution of domestic judgments, and in the following 6 months – to compensate such damage to those who applied to the European Court and whose applications were communicated.

According to Kommersant, Russian judge in the European Court A.I. Kovler mentioned when meeting with Constitutional Court judges in Saint-Petersburg that such measures will allow the Strasbourg Court to get rid of around 1000 typical cases.  

This will also enable the Court to shift its attention to other applications, including those claiming violation of articles 2 and 3 of the European Convention. There are more than 30 pending applications filed by the Committee against Torture in connection to human rights violations committed by Russian law enforcement agents.