ECHR rules that Russian security forces involved in 2007 abduction of former Memorial head and journalists
The European Court of Human Rights has ruled on the complaint of the former head of Russian Rights Center Memorial Oleg Orlov, who, along with three journalists from television channel REN, were attacked in the town of Nazran in 2007. After examining the evidence, the court found that their kidnappers were representatives of official government organs.
The ECHR noted that Russian law enforcement agencies and courts did not properly investigate the crime. European authorities, therefore, re-examined the case materials and the eyewitness and victim testimony. The Russian side failed to provide a reasonable explanation for how the kidnapping could have occurred without the government participation.
The court recognized that the victims were subjected to ill-treatment and unlawfully deprived of liberty. Their right to protect their private property was also violated. The ECHR awarded the victims 84,000 euros (approximately $89,300) in compensation collectively.