MOSCOW, March 21 (RAPSI) – The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has admitted the rights of 17 Russian convicts, who complained of the inadequate conditions of their detention to be violated. The total amount of compensation granted after the ECHR has examined two joint cases made 122,300 euros.

Thus, in the case of Kargashin and others vs Russia the court joined in a single judgment seven complaints and in the case of Mozharov and others there were jointly examined ten applications.

The applicants, who serve their terms across various correctional facilities in Russian towns including Nizhniy Novgorod, Nizhniy Tagil, Kostroma, and Astrakhan complained of the conditions of their detention, for instance overcrowding, insanitation, inadequate sleeping accommodations, lack of ventilation and heating, poor food quality. Some of the applicants informed that convicts suffering of such serious illnesses as tuberculosis and hepatitis were not kept separately from other inmates. Sixteen applicants also pointed out that their rights under Article 13 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights (effective remedy) were violated.

According to the data of the Council of Europe, the total number of convicts in Russia in 2015 was at 643,000.