‘Restrukt’ Members’ Ruling Challenged at ECHR

A complaint, filed by Civic Assistance Committee lawyers, refers to ineffective investigation, extremely low compensation for moral injury, and to the fact that motive of national hatred had not been taken into consideration at the sentencing.

‘Restrukt’ Members’ Ruling Challenged at ECHRCivic Assistance Committee filed a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights regarding the case of Alexander Lee who was severely beaten by members of the neo-Nazi movement Restrukt.

The document states that during consideration of the case of Uzbekistan citizen who was attacked by Restrukt members the state failed to fulfill its obligations to conduct effective investigation and to impose appropriate sentences on those responsible who were never imputed the motive of national hatred, though even during the court hearings the defendants made disrespectful remarks about foreign nationals.

In addition, the Russian courts awarded the victim extremely low compensation for moral injury and did not reimburse medical treatment costs at all.

In the summer of 2017, the Babushkinsky District Court of Moscow sentenced Georgiy Kepteny and Stanislav Kotlovsky, who attacked Alexander Lee, to three-year imprisonment at maximum security penal colony for causing serious harm to Alexander’s health and for hooliganism. And their accomplice Dmitry Sheldyashov was given a prison term of ten years because the court was also considering another case when another migrant was killed by Sheldyashov.

The defendants were charged 50 thousand roubles each (about 650 €) as compensation for moral injury. Mikhail Kushpel, the lawyer of the Civic Assistance Committee, appealed the decision at Moscow city court but the appellate court left this part of the sentence unchanged.

Translated by Sofia Ismailova

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