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Russia: ‘Father’s rights’ complaint leads to €15,000 court award

A dad, denied contact with his daughter for more than six years, has won the backing of Strasbourg judges in his human rights dispute with Russia.

Today, the European Court of Human rights awarded the applicant – A.B.V – from Moscow, €12,500 (non-pecuniary damage) and EUR 2,600 (costs and expenses) as Just Satisfaction, after declaring a violation of Article 8 of the human rights convention.

The case (A.B.V. v. Russia -no. 56987/15) concerned the applicant’s legal efforts to enforce a court order allowing him contact with his daughter.

The woman with whom the applicant had been living gave birth to a daughter in July 2010. The applicant had regular contact with the child until January 2011, when the mother began to avoid communication with him and prevented him from visiting the child.

Between June 2011 and July 2014 the applicant was involved in legal proceedings which ultimately led to the courts establishing his paternity of the child and issuing a contact order.

However, even with the involvement of the bailiff’s service, the applicant was unable to enforce the court decision for several years as the mother refused to comply.

The applicant met his child for the first time since 2011 in February 2017. The mother prevented a further two meetings from taking place while at the third the child stated that she did not want to communicate with him.

Relying on Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life) of the European Convention, the applicant complained about his continuing lack of access to his daughter and of the failure of the authorities to offer him effective assistance to enforce his access rights.

 

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