Last week the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (CMCE) carried on the regular session, the main aim of which was the issue of fulfillment of the judgements of the European Court of Human Rights by the countries.
On 19th of June, 2017 it will be 14 years since a wrongfully convicted Aleksey Pichugin recognized by the Civil Rights Society «Memorial» (Moscow) to be a political prisoner has been confined in prison.
The Committee of Ministers of the European Council had subjected to heavy critic the non-compliance of Russian authorities with the ECHR verdict concerning the YUKOS case, as well as ex-CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky and a lifetime convict Alexey Pichugin, former head of the Economic Security Section. The most acute and urgent question is the sanction by the Russian Constitutional Court of non-payment of the ˆ1.9 billion of compensation ruled by ECHR th the ex-shareholders of YUKOS. However, the European Council still hopes to extract at least ˆ300.000 for judicial costs from the Russian Federation.
The mother of Alexey Pichugin, former head of the Internal Security Section of YUKOS, convicted to the life imprisonment, asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to show clemency towards her son. The open letter by Alla Pichugina had been recently published by Novaya Gazeta.
The former head of the department of internal economic security of YUKOS Aleksey Pichugin, who on July 2 was brought to pre-trial detention center «Lefortovo» (although until July 6, human rights activists and lawyers were told that he is not there), told to the member of the PMC and journalist of Open Russia, Zoya Svetova about his life in the penal colony and how he was denied in clemency.
Autocratic regimes and governments that sneer at the rule of law have found a new tool for harassing their critics and exporting repression. Astonishingly, their willing partner is Interpol, the International Criminal Police Organization. It’s time for Interpol’s democratic members—among its 190-nation membership—to stand up to its abuse of power.
Vera Vasilieva, Radio Liberty: Newspapers don’t write frequently about him, politicians are not in a rush to make statements about his situation either and civil society activists do not bring his posters on the streets of Russia. He is a political prisoner , Aleksey Pichugin, and today is the 13th anniversary of his arrest.