The ECHR judgment of 09 January 2018 in the case of Makhlyagin and Belyayev v. Russia (applications no. 14784/09 and 51742/11).
The case successfully examined the complaints of the applicants, one of whom was detained in the remand center, and the other was serving a sentence that the confidentiality of their correspondence with the European Court was violated. The case involved a violation of the requirements of Article 34 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
In 2009 and 2011, the applicants were assisted in the preparation of applications. Subsequently, the applications were merged and communicated to the Russian Federation.
In their complaints, the applicants, one of whom was detained in the remand center and the other serving his sentence, complained that the confidentiality of their correspondence with the European Court was violated.
On 9 January 2018, on the basis of the complaints submitted by the applicants, the Court unanimously held that in this case the Government violated the requirements of Article 34 of the Convention (right of individual petition) and ordered the respondent State to pay the first applicant EUR 150 in respect of costs and expenses.