The ECHR judgment of 13 February 2018 in the case of Butkevich (v. Butkevich v. Russia) (application no. 5865/07).
The applicant's application for an unfair trial was successfully considered in the case, since there was no prosecution. There has been a violation of Article 5 § 1, Article 6 § 1, Article 10 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
In 2007, the applicant was assisted in preparing the application. Subsequently, the application was communicated to the Russian Federation.
In his complaint, the applicant, who is a citizen of Ukraine and working as a journalist, complained that his detention on the anti-globalization march in 2006 in St. Petersburg when he reviewed the event and took photographs without taking direct part in the event, and subsequent administrative arrest, violated his rights. The applicant also complained that the proceedings were not fair, since there was no prosecution and he could not question the law enforcement officers in court.
On 13 February 2018, on a complaint lodged by the applicant, the Court unanimously held that in this case the Government violated the requirement of Article 5 § 1 of the Convention (right to liberty and security of the person), Article 6 § 1 of the Convention (right to a fair trial), articles 10 of the Convention (freedom of expression), and obliged the respondent State to pay the applicant EUR 7,000 as just satisfaction.