The ECHR judgment of November 26, 2019 in the case of Belugin v. Russia (application No. 2991/06).
In 2006, the applicant was assisted in preparing the application. Subsequently, the application was communicated to the Russian Federation.
The case has successfully examined the application of ill-treatment of the applicant in the police department and the lack of an effective investigation into this circumstance. The applicant also submits that the confession given to him as a result of the beating by the police and in the absence of a lawyer was unacceptable evidence. The case has violated article 6, paragraph 1, of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (right to a fair trial).
In his application, the applicant complained of ill-treatment at the police station and the lack of an effective investigation into this circumstance. The applicant also alleged that the confession given to him as a result of being beaten by the police and in the absence of a lawyer was inadmissible evidence.
On November 26, 2019, in an application lodged by the applicant, the Court unanimously ruled that in the present case the Government violated the requirements of Article 6 § 1 of the Convention (right to a fair trial) and ordered the respondent Government to pay the applicant EUR 1,000 in as compensation for legal costs and expenses. The European Court, with four votes in favor and three against, decided that the finding of a violation constitutes sufficient just satisfaction for non-pecuniary damage.
Judges P.P. expressed a joint dissenting opinion. de Albuquerque (elected from Portugal), M. Elosega (elected from Spain) and J. Felici (elected from San Marino).