Russia has fulfilled the decision of the ECHR and paid 37 thousand Euro to the participants of the “punk prayer” in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior
Russia has fulfilled the decision of the European court of human rights (ECHR) and paid 37 thousand euros members of the band Pussy Riot for violation of their rights during the proceedings in the criminal case of “punk prayer” in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. About it radio station “Echo of Moscow” said the publisher of “media zones” and the participant of Pussy Riot Peter Verzilov.
The amount of compensation Mary Alekhine and Hope Tolokonnikova amounted to 16 thousand euros each, Ekaterina Samutsevich – 5 thousand euros. According to Verzilova, the majority of these funds went to the development of the publication “the Media”. The ECHR ruled on the case of Pussy Riot in July 2018. The Strasbourg court ruled that the Russian government violated four articles of the Convention on the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms on the prohibition of inhuman and degrading treatment (article 3), right to liberty and security of person (article 5), the right to a fair trial (article 6) and freedom of expression (article 10).
The plaintiff asked the court to recover from Russia for 120 thousand euros as compensation for moral damage and 10 thousand euros in compensation for legal costs. The Russian justice Ministry appealed the court’s decision, but the ECHR denied his reconsideration to the Grand chamber. In the end, the justice Ministry confirmed that Russia will have viplications Pussy Riot.
In February 2012, five girls in colorful balaclavas performed in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour the song “the virgin, Putin banish”. Police arrested Maria Alekhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Ekaterina samutsevich, the other two suspects could not be found. In August 2012, Moscow’s Khamovniki court sentenced all three to two years in a penal colony for hooliganism. Later the Moscow city court has replaced real term for samutsevich conditional.
In December 2013 Tolokonnikova and Alekhina were released on Amnesty in connection with the 20th anniversary of the Russian Constitution. A few months after their release, the Moscow city court reduced the sentence to girls for a month. The sentence was revised after the Supreme court recognized the presence in it of numerous violations.
Tolokonnikova served time in a women’s penal colony in Mordovia N14. In September 2013 she went on a hunger strike in protest against slave labor conditions in the colony. Tolokonnikova complained that the administration threatened her with murder and does not allow workers to sleep more than four hours a day.
The Federal penitentiary service confirmed the use of slave labor of prisoners in IK-14. The audit revealed that the women were forced to work from seven in the morning till midnight, sheathing personally the head of the colony, his children and his friends the traders. The women threatened that in the slightest, their marriage will be put in solitary confinement and deprived of food.
In December of 2018, the Investigative Committee of Mordovia Republic opened a criminal case against acting head of the colony Yury Kupriyanov under article about excess of powers of office. He and several of his subordinates were suspended from duty. In January 2019, Tolokonnikova stated that it will achieve the status of victim in the criminal case.
Maria Alyokhina was serving his sentence in IK-28 in Berezniki in Perm region, and in August 2013 was transferred to IK-2 in Nizhny Novgorod region. In 2017, the newspaper “Sobesednik” published an article on the free labor of prisoners, which stated that prisoners IK-2 sew medical gowns for OOO “Avangard-Spetsodezhda” at a lower price.
Alekhina told the newspaper that inmates are paid for work on 200-300 rubles at a working day with a duration of 8-12 hours. The girl expressed the opinion that “production orders “feed” as the administration of the colony, and the representatives of the FSIN higher level”. Colony sued the newspaper and Alekhine in the court and won it.
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