European Court of Human Rights
European Court of Human Rights

Communists await decision in Russia human rights battle

A human rights complaint against Russia from the country’s Communist Party will be decided next week, the European Court has confirmed.

Judges are scheduled to give written notification of their ruling in the case (Communist party of Russia and Others v. Russia – no. 29400/05) on 19 June.

The complaint concerns the allegation that television media coverage of the 2003 parliamentary election campaign was biased as a result of political manipulation by the ruling ‘United Russia’ party.

The applicants are two Russian political parties, the “Communist Party of the Russian Federation” and the “Russian Democratic Party ‘Yabloko’” and six individual Russian national applicants, Sergey Ivanenko, Yevgeniy Kiselyev, Dmitriy Muratov, Vladimir Ryzhkov, Vadim Solovyev and Irina Khakamada.

The applicants allege that the alleged bias critically affected public opinion and the elections had not therefore been free.

They also complain about the authorities’ lack of response to these allegations, the unfairness of the ensuing proceedings they brought before the Supreme Court to have the election results invalidated and that, as opposition parties and candidates, they had been discriminated against as compared to the ruling party.

They rely on Article 3 of Protocol No. 1 (right to free elections), Article 6 § 1 (right to a fair trial), Article 13 (right to an effective remedy) and Article 14 (prohibition of discrimination).

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