6 April 2012
On April 3, 2012, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) delivered its judgment on the case “Kotov v. Russia” (Kotov v. Russia, №54522/00).
The application was lodged with the Court on July 15, 1998. On January 14, 2010 the ECtHR Chamber passed the judgment acknowledging the violation of the Article 1 of the Protocol No. 1 (right to protection of property) of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. However, at the request of the Russian government, which contested the decision, the case was submitted to the Court's Grand Chamber. The Human Rights Center “Memorial” (Moscow) and the European Human Rights Advocacy Center (EHRAC, London) started representing the victim in August 2011, after the case was referred to the Grand Chamber for new consideration. On January 12, 2011 “Memorial” and EHRAC lawyers took part in the hearings at the ECtHR in Strasbourg (France). [Read more]