In the case, the applicants' complaint was successfully considered that their prosecution in civil claims for protection of honor for the publication of critical articles violates their right to freedom of opinion. The case involved violations of the requirements of Article 10 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights.
In 2002, the applicants were assisted in the preparation of the аpplication. Subsequently, the аpplication was communicated to the Russian Federation.
In their complaint, the applicants complained that their bringing to justice in the framework of civil claims for protection of honor for the publication of critical articles on the submarine Kursk sunk on August 12, 2000, in which conflicting statements were made by the plaintiffs and their lawyer who filed claims in The European Court, on the commission of a number of official crimes, violates their right to freedom of opinion.
On 17 October 2017, on a complaint lodged by the applicants, the Court unanimously held that in the present case the Government violated the requirements of Article 10 of the Convention (right to freedom of expression) and ordered the respondent State to pay EUR 1,000 in respect of non-pecuniary damage to the company- the applicant and EUR 2,000 to the applicant Milashina.
The ECHR judgment of 17 October 2017 in the Milashina and Novaya Gazeta v. Russia case (аpplication No. 5349/02).