Published: 1 Dec 2009 | By Tatiana Chernikova

Nalchik: non-investigation of allegations of torture


On 13 October 2005, an armed attack was carried out in Nalchik, Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria against several Russian military and law-enforcement agencies. 58 individuals have been charged in relation to this attack, with almost every defendant submitting complaints of torture to the domestic courts. However, these have been met with repeated refusals to launch a criminal investigation, suggesting a deliberate attempt to impede the defendants’ right to an effective domestic remedy. Accordingly, some defendants have now begun to appeal to the ECtHR.

In this article, Tatiana Chernikova investigates the cases in more detail and outlines the obstacles facing applications to the ECtHR. To read the full article, please click on the link below.