Saint-Petersburg court uphold a human rights activists who complaints about police inaction

At the end of June, Saint Petersburg Court confirmed that police inaction on the reported crime by Igor Kochetkov was illegal and urged the Ministry of Internal Affairs to eliminate the violations. In January 2019, a video was posted online showing Ali Bashanov threatening Igor Kochetkov and insulting LGBT people. Igor Kochetkov went to seek the assistance of law enforcement agencies, but he was told to call 02 or 112.

At the end of January 2019, a video was posted online showing a man named Ali Bashanov calling gays and lesbians scum, and Executive Director of Russian LGBT network’s programs Igor Kochetkov “a nit, devil’s son, Dajjal clone, creature with no gender and no surname”.

Igor Kochetkov filed a complaint to the Prosecutor’s Office and the Ministry of Internal Affairs about Bashanov “inciting hatred and animosity towards LGBT people” and prejudicing his personal dignity. The crime report was redirected to different government structured several times. As a result, the activist got a letter from the Ministry of Internal Affairs suggesting him to call 02 or 112. A few months later, the Chechen Center for Countering Extremism reported that there were no persons described as Bashanov Ali Elbekovich in the Chechen Republic. Such responses are violating the law, so Igor Kochetkov appealed to the court.

First, the Smolninsky District Court, and then the Saint Petersburg City Court, granted Igor Kochetkov’s complaint regarding police inaction being illegal. Roman Plugin, the head of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia for Saint Petersburg and the Leningrad Region, was given the obligation to eliminate committed violations.