October 6, 2019

European Court of Human Rights ruled in favor of Askerby Milinov


On September 26, 2007, during the celebration of so called "the 450th anniversary of the voluntary entry of Adygea into Russia" on Druzhba Square in Maykop, the capital of the Republic of Adygea, Askerby Milinov went to a solitary picket with a banner, "Why did my beautiful noble people be exterminated and driven out?". Officers of the security forces of the Ministry of Internal Affairs approached him and demanded to remove the poster. Having been refused, they forcibly pulled out the poster from Milinov, while injuring his shoulder, and took him to the police station.

Mr. Milinov unsuccessfully sought justice in the Russian courts, demanding from the Ministry of Internal Affairs compensation for moral damages in the total amount of 3 million rubles. And in 2008, he filed a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights.

And now, after more than 10 years, the ECHR recognized the actions of the security forces as contradicting 10 of the Convention on Human Rights and obliged Russia to pay 9,750 euros to Askerby Milinov.

Unfortunately, Mr. Melinov did not live up to this decision. He died on May 1, 2015 and was buried in the village of Ponezhukai (Republic of Adygea). Compensation will be receive his wife.

Note: There are no historical facts about what called "the 450th anniversary of the voluntary entry of Adygea into Russia", before 450 years there was not Adygea and that territory was under the rule of the independent state of Circassia.

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