Torture as a Factor in Violating the Right to a Fair Trial: A Review of the European Court of Human Rights ‘ Practice in Russian Cases

Available in Russian

Author: Olga Shepeleva

Keywords: fair trial; The European Court of Human Rights; the Russian Federation; torture and ill-treatment


This article provides a summary of the ECtHR judgments on claims against the Russian Federation alleging violation of the right to a fair trial regarding the use of violence during pre-trial investigation. It reviews cases in which ECtHR found a violation of fair trial guarantees as well as cases in which no violations were found. Comparing those judgments, the author identifies the criteria which the ECtHR applies to decide whether violence against the suspect affected his/her right to a fair trial.