The case successfully examined complaints of inhuman conditions of the applicants' detention in places of serving punishment, excessive length of detention of one of the applicants in pre-trial detention, failure to conduct a trial in his case within a reasonable time, lack of effective remedy by another applicant in connection with inhuman conditions content. In the case there was a violation of the requirements of Articles 3, 13, paragraph 1 of Article 6, paragraph 3 of Article 5 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
In 2008 and 2016, the applicants were assisted in the preparation of аpplications. Subsequently, the аpplications were merged and communicated to the Russian Federation.
In their complaints, the applicants (five persons) complained of inhuman conditions of detention in places of serving their sentence. The first applicant also complained about the excessive length of pre-trial detention and the fact that his trial was not held within a reasonable time. The third applicant also complained about the lack of effective remedies in connection with inhuman conditions of detention.
On 18 May 2017, on the basis of the complaints submitted by the applicants, the Court unanimously held that in this case the Government violated the requirements of articles 3 (prohibition of torture) against all applicants and 13 of the Convention (the right to an effective domestic remedy) against the third applicant , article 6, paragraph 1, of the Convention (right to a fair trial) and article 5, paragraph 3, of the Convention (right to liberty and security of the person) in respect of the first applicant. The Court ordered the respondent State to pay the applicants a total of EUR 63,600 in respect of non-pecuniary damage, pecuniary damage and costs. The applicants were awarded various amounts ranging from 5,000 to 25,000 euros.
ECHR Ordinance of 18 May 2017 on the case "Zhikhar and Others v. Russia" (аpplications N 10623/08, 35259/08, 53215/08, 55708/08 and 29317/16).