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In article questions on ensuring physical wellbeing of persons in custody in the Russian penal system are taken up. Resolutions of the European Court on affairs «Ananyev and others against Russia», «Arutyunyan against Russia», «Sakhvadze against Russia» and «Vladimir Vasilyev against Russia», concerning conditions of the maintenance of prisoners are considered. The article contains the analysis of practice of the European Court concerning Russia, reveals a system problem in a law and order of the concrete country, at the bottom of mass human rights violations, lists actions of the Russian authorities for a solution of the problem of an overcrowping and bad conditions of the contents in a pre-trial detention center, and also European Court countermeasures on court unloading from the same complaints.

The European Court of Human Rights, prison system, legal standards

As the European Court repeatedly pointed out in its acts, Article 3 of the Convention allocates one of the fundamental values of a democratic society — humanism as a form of human communication. Even under the most difficult circumstances, such as the fight against terrorism and organized crime, it prohibits in absolute terms torture, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, irrespective of the victim’s conduct (page 93 of the Bulletin of the European Court of Human Rights, 9`2009) [1]. Member states of the European Convention have an obligation to ensure the physical well­being of persons in custody. These individuals are vulnerable and should not be in excess of the allowable limit suffering under this principle.

January 10 of this year, the European Court adopted the determination of “Ananyev and others against Russia” case which addressed the question of the conditions in the detention centers. Also ruled on three cases concerning the protection of the health of prisoners, “Harutyunyan against Russia”, “Sakhvadze against Russia” and “Vladimir Vasilyev against Russia”. They all relate to the conditions of detention in the Russian penitentiary system.

The European Court jurisdiction concerning Russia began in 2002 with just a complaint to the conditions in the detention center. And until now, these things lead to court statistics ECHR. In one of the first in this thread determination of “Kalashnikov against Russia” case the Court declared inhuman many months of detention in overcrowded cells. To date, the Court issued more than ninety determinations regarding size and jail cell equipment, as well as the number of places the prisoners, their conditions of detention.

Discussed European Court determination dated the 10th day of January 2012 concerning these complaints is special as The Supreme Court applied the so­called pilot procedure. It is not limited to the admitting of violations of the applicants and the appointment of compensation for the trespass

Revealed a systemic problem in the nomocracy of the country — a problem that is a cause of massive violations of human rights provided by the European Convention. In the determination, the Court points to the direction and solutions of the identified problem and imposes a duty on the State to resolve it. In the determination of “Ananyev and Others against Russia” case, the European Court noted that the inhumane and degrading conditions of detention were found in detention centers located in different regions of Russia. Agreeably, the problem affects large numbers of people.


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