The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) sided with Artemy Lebedev studio designer Konstantin Konovalov, who was harshly detained before the start of an unauthorized protest on July 27, 2019, and ruled to pay him 26,000 euros. The court’s decision published on the ECHR website.
Konovalov was detained in Moscow on July 27, 2019, even before the start of an uncoordinated protest. He wrote on Twitter (now X) that he was detained while jogging in the morning. “I ran in front of the city hall, they detained me, threw me face down into the asphalt,” he said. Later, in the hospital, Konovalov was diagnosed with a fracture of the tibia of his right leg, as follows from the materials of the ECHR case. It is clarified that the Investigative Committee refused to register his complaint due to the absence of illegality in the actions of the police.
On August 2, 2019, an administrative case was opened against Konovalov under Art. 20.2 of the Code of Administrative Offenses for “violating the order of organizing and holding a rally.” In August 2020, he was found guilty and fined RUB 10,000.
Konovalov’s case was considered along with complaints from 15 other Russians, one of which also concerned detentions on July 27, 2019. The ECHR decided to pay the victim 6,500 euros.
On the afternoon of July 27, an uncoordinated rally of the opposition took place near the Moscow City Hall, which was not allowed to participate in the Moscow City Duma elections. The rally led to mass arrests. The Ministry of Internal Affairs reported 295 detainees.
Against the backdrop of the start of a special operation in Ukraine, the Council of Europe on February 25, 2022 suspended Russia’s representation in the statutory bodies of the Council of Europe. In this regard, on March 15, 2022, the Russian Foreign Ministry handed over to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović-Burić, a notice of the Russian Federation’s withdrawal from the organization. On March 16 of the same year, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe decided to expel Russia from the organization after 26 years of membership. The Russian authorities emphasized that the country itself withdrew from the Council of Europe, which also implies withdrawal from the ECHR.
From September 16, 2022 Russia stopped be a party to the European Convention on Human Rights and have withdrawn from the jurisdiction of the ECHR. The court issued the corresponding resolution in March after the termination of the Russian Federation’s membership in the Council of Europe. Russia has also stopped implementing ECHR rulings that came into force after March 15, 2022.