Beats off Russian Government

Publish date: March 18, 2003

In its reply to the Russian Governments observation on Aleksandr Nikitin's application to the Strasbourg Court, his attorney beats off the Government's feeble arguments.

In its observations, the Government submitted that no violations of Nikitin’s rights under Article 6 (1) and 13 of the European Convention on Human Rights, or of his rights under Article 4 (1) and (2) of its Protocol No. 7 had taken place. Thus, according to the Government, his application should be rejected as ill-founded.

The arguments used by the Government to substantiate this point of view, is however rejected as utterly untenable by Nikitin’s attorney in a reply to the Government’s observation that was sent today.

The pleas that Nikitin’s rights under Article 6 (1) and 13 of the Convention, because the criminal case against him was not determined within a reasonable time and that he did not get any effective remedy against this violation of his rights are thus, maintained.

It is also maintained that Nikitin’s rights under Article 4 (1) and (2) of Protocol 7 to the Convention was violated, as the Russian Government tried to prosecute him twice for a crime that he had been acquitted of.

The full text of the reply to the Goverment’s observation can be read by using the link below.