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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

National Bolshevik Activist Awarded $22,000 by Court

The European Court of Human Rights has ordered Russia to pay 15,000 euros ($22,000) to an activist with the banned National Bolshevik Party who was convicted of seizing a presidential administration reception office, the activist's lawyer said.

The court ruled Thursday that Russia violated the rights of Vladimir Lind, who holds dual Russian and Dutch citizenship, under three articles of the European Convention on Human Rights: prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment, the right to liberty and security and the right to respect for private life, Lind's lawyer, Dmitry Agranovsky, said Friday.

Lind was one of 39 members of the now-banned group arrested for briefly seizing the reception office in December 2004. Agranovsky filed a complaint with the Strasbourg-based court that Lind had been detained without sufficient cause and was held in inhumane conditions. "The court upheld all our complaints," Agranovsky said, Interfax reported.

Russia is required to pay out the compensation under the European Convention on Human Rights, which it has ratified. The ruling concerning respect for Lind's private life was "linked to the fact that Lind was not released to say goodbye to his dying father," Agranovsky said.

The Dutch government had requested that Lind be freed for a few days so he could visit his father, a prominent Dutch lawyer who was suffering from cancer. The request was denied. Lind was allowed to speak with his father by telephone for one minute and only in Russian.

Lind was convicted in December 2005 along with the 38 other activists of participating in mass disorder. Eight of the activists were given prison sentences ranging from 1 1/2 to 3 1/2 years.