The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) declared unacceptable six lawsuits in the case of Shmelev and Others v. Russia and postponed consideration of the remaining 11 applications. This was reported on Thursday, April 9, on the website of the court.
The lawsuits contained complaints from the plaintiffs about poor detention conditions, in particular due to overcrowding in cells. The Court considered that the law introduced in Russia at the end of 2019 in response to the ECtHR decisions on inappropriate conditions of detention was sufficiently effective and allowed the detainees to claim compensation for inappropriate conditions in their home country.
The Court in Strasbourg concluded that the applicants should use the new domestic laws to protect their rights before applying to the ECtHR.
The decision of the court is final.
In November 2019, a court in Strasbourg ordered the Russian Federation to pay more than €100 thousand to four foreigners for a long stay in the transit zone of the capital’s Sheremetyevo airport.