Published: 1 Dec 2007 | By M R Voskobitova

Is the European Court of Human Rights satisfied with the Russian criminal justice system?


About a third of the complaints filed at the ECtHR against the Russian Federation relate to violations of rights in the context of the criminal procedural system. These complaints fall into several categories, including protracted court proceedings, unjustified and unlawful confinement in custody, the use of torture and conditions of incarceration. In 2005-2006, the Court issued a number of long-awaited decisions addressing issues of compliance with the requirements of justice for court proceedings in criminal cases.

In this article M R Voskobitova outlines the Court’s decisions in this respect and considers what the outcomes mean for the Russian criminal justice system. To read the full article, click on the link below.