Moscow, July 17, Interfax - The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that the way Russian authorities handled the trial of the members of the punk group Pussy Riot who performed a 'punk prayer' protest at Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral in 2012 violated the applicants' right to a fair trial.
"The ECHR ordered [Russia] to pay 16,000 euros each to Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina and 5,000 euros to Yekaterina Samutsevich. The court also ordered Russia to pay 11,750 euros in respect of costs and expenses," the Pussy Riot members' lawyer Irina Khrunova told Interfax on Tuesday.
In its resolution, which was published on the ECHR website, the Strasbourg-based court unanimously recognized that the applicants' criminal prosecution and also designating the group's video materials as extremist and banning them violated Article 10 (which provides the right to freedom of expression and information) of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Furthermore, the judges also unanimously recognized that the convention's Article 6, which protects the right to a fair trial, had been violated as well.