ECHR ruling of December 18, 2018 in the case of Arutyunov v. Russia (application N 5552/06).
The case was successfully considered the application of the applicant about the impossibility for several years to use the vehicle belonging to him because of the refusal of the authority to remove the vehicle from the register at the place of registration due to the fact that the car was allegedly hijacked. The case has violated the requirements of Article 1 of Protocol No. 1 to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
In 2006, the complainant was assisted in preparing a application. Subsequently, the application was communicated to the Russian Federation.
In his application, the Claimant complained that he could not sell or otherwise dispose of his car for several years due to the refusal of the State Traffic Safety Inspectorate to deregister the car at the place of registration, since the car was allegedly hijacked. At the same time, the applicant’s good faith was not a controversial issue and was never in any doubt.
On 18 December 2018, on a application filed by the applicant, the European Court unanimously decided that in the present case the authorities violated the requirements of Article 1 of Protocol No. 1 to the Convention (protection of property), and ordered the respondent State to pay the applicant 2,000 euros in compensation for the material damage, 2,000 euros in respect of non-pecuniary damage.