21 March 2019, 15:57
ECHR finds no grounds for introduction of interim measures in lawsuit filed by banned organization Jehovah's Witnesses
Moscow, March 21, Interfax - The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has notified the Russian Justice Ministry of its decision to reject a request made by Sergey Loginov, a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses, which is banned in Russia, to introduce interim measures following his claims of having been tortured by representatives of Russian investigative bodies during criminal prosecution.
"After reviewing the evidence and legal arguments presented by the Russian Justice Ministry on these issues, the ECHR found no substantiated reasons to grant the claimant's request for the introduction of interim measures in accordance with Rule 39 of the Regulations of the European Court of Human Rights," the Justice Ministry press service said in a report.
The ECHR earlier suggested that the Russian authorities conduct an independent medical evaluation of the claimant for the purpose of confirming or denying his claims, the report said.
"In this regard, the Russian Justice Ministry and the Russian Penitentiary Service speedily organized and conducted a medical evaluation of the claimant involving medical specialists who are independent of the investigative bodies and the penal system, which showed that Loginov's claims of having been tortured are unconfirmed," it said.
Sergey Loginov, 57, was detained in Surgut in February 2019 in connection with a case involving participation in an extremist organization. He filed a claim with the ECHR, claiming he had been tortured while in custody.
The Supreme Court on April 20, 2017 granted the Russian Justice Ministry's lawsuit, recognizing Russia's Jehovah's Witnesses as an extremist organization, and banned its operation on the territory of Russia. The Russian Supreme Court's Appeals Collegium upheld that decision on July 17, 2017.
The court decision closed the head organization Jehovah's Witnesses Management Center in Russia, as well as its 395 regional divisions. They were all included by the Justice Ministry in the list of NGOs on which there is a court ruling for closing or banning their operations on grounds envisaged by the federal law On the Prevention of Extremist Activities. The property of the organization was forfeited to the state under the court ruling.