The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) awarded 5 thousand euros compensation to each of two prisoners from the Komi Republic for the fact that they were transported in 'glasses'. That is how people call prison truck wards with an area of 0.3-0.4 m² and height of a little over a meter. This was announced by the Public Verdict Foundation on May 4.
The decision on compensation came into force, victims should receive it within three months.
Anna Lozinskaya, who was under investigation in 2013-14, was transported in a 'glass' with an area of 0.3 m² (five sheets of A4 paper) and a height of 1.3 m from the village of Koigorodok to Syktyvkar, where the trial took place, 15 times. Woman spent 35 hours in the 'glass'.
Oleg Tokarev, the second victim, who was arrested in 2013-14, was transported to Syktyvkar in a prison truck 70 times. One trip could last from 40 minutes to 3.5 hours.
The Public Verdict Foundation sent complaints to Strasbourg in 2014. Syktyvkar human rights activist Ernest Mezak, who defended the rights of both victims, believes that complaints were considered in a short period of time. According to him, the practice of transporting people in "glasses" is widespread in Russia, and conditions of transportation can be even worse.
'In 2010 I, as a member of the PMC of the Republic of Komi, visited an temporary detention facility in the city of Mikun. There we met a prisoner who had once been an OMON officer. And he was also transported in a 'glass,' Mezak said. 'I asked him about his impressions. I must say that it was a very respectable man, a real OMON-man, twice as big as me. He said that when he first saw the 'glass' after his arrest, he doubted that he could fit there. But, as the subsequent practice showed, when Rottweiler clatter with the teeth at cm from your ass, you can fit there even together with someone. The practice of using a 'glass' to transport two prisoners does exist. We made a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights related to the transportation of two women in one 'glass'. We surprised that after filing this complaint we received an official letter from the UFSIN of the Yaroslavl region about such case. It was so ordinary for them that they openly confessed it.'
In 2005 and 2008 the European Court of Human Rights recognized 'glasses' unsuitable for transportation of people.
Elena Solovyova, «7x7»