ECHR Ends Interim Measures, but Continues Considering the Complaint on Torture

The European Court of Human Rights on March 20, 2019, withdrew the urgent interim measures regarding one of Jehovah's Witnesses who complained of torture (such measures are usually imposed when there is a threat to the life of the applicant). However, the conclusion that there was a cessation of such a threat, which allows for the withdrawal of interim measures, does not mean that the ECHR recognized a failure to prove torture on February 15, 2019. The court continues to consider the complaint of Sergey Loginov and others in Surgut (Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area) about the torture applied to them.

In its response to the ECHR, the Government of Russia, referring to medical examinations conducted with respect to Sergei Loginov, indicated the absence of diseases preventing his detention. However, a satisfactory medical examination for the use of torture (examination of the skin by experts in the field of forensic medical examination, psychological research) against the believer has not yet been carried out.

Case of Loginov and Others in Surgut

Region:
Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area
Locality:
Surgut
Case number:
11902711017027628
Current stage:
preliminary investigation (pre-trial proceedings)
Suspected of:
delivering speeches, engaging in the Witnesses' public preaching activity with local members, meeting with Bible education volunteers and appointed congregation assistants, and having as one objective the organizing of appointed men in the Vzlyotnove Congregation
Article of the Russian Criminal Code:
282.2 (1)
282.2 (2)
Investigating:
Investigative Department of the city of Surgut of the Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation for the Khanty-Mansi Region
Case initiated:
11 February 2019