“The applicant, Eduard Veniaminovich Savenko, a Russian citizen, was born in 1943 and lives in Moscow. The applicant is a writer published under the pseudonym of Limonov, and a prominent opposition politician, ”the author submits to the Court.
“The case of Savenko v. Russia was brought before the European Court on June 2, 2008 and is awaiting a decision from June 18,” a spokeswoman for the court told RIA Novosti. “Unfortunately, the number of cases awaiting a decision is now approaching 100 thousand, and the time limit for making a decision is three years.”
The ECHR demanded materials from Limonov’s complaint even faster, exactly two years later. Decisions had to wait another nine years. Little has changed during this time: the case of the murder of Chervochkin has not yet been opened, United Russia still holds a majority in the Duma - however, Yuri Luzhkov was replaced by Sergei Sobyanin.
As a result, in its decision, the ECHR indicated a violation of the right to freedom of expression (Article 10 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Freedoms) and awarded Limonov compensation of 19.5 thousand euros.