Pussy Riot members ask Strasbourg court to recover $336,000 from Russia

Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, members of the group Pussy Riot, have asked the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) to recover $202,000 from Russia in the form of compensation for the moral damages that the criminal proceedings caused them.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova. Source: RIA Novosti

Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, members of the group Pussy Riot, have asked the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) to recover $202,000 from Russia in the form of compensation for the moral damages that the criminal proceedings caused them. 

The sum was announced in the girls’ objections to the position of the Russian authorities regarding their application to the ECtHR. Last week the document (Vedomosti has the text) was sent to the court.

This is the concluding stage of communication, explains Pavel Chikov, chairman of the association Agora, whose lawyers are representing the girls in the court. 

The Russian government will have the opportunity to comment on the amount of compensation requested, after which the court will begin preparing its decision, which could happen by the end of the year, saysChikov. 

The young women are also asking for $13,400 to cover court costs, making the total sum of the claim $336,000.

First published in Russian at Vedomosti.

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