|Chess champ Kasparov wins damages for Russia arrest
The European Court of Human Rights criticized Russia over the 2007 arrest of former world chess champion turned opposition activist Garry Kasparov and ordered it to pay 10,000 euros in damages.
The anti-Kremlin politician was one of hundreds of people arrested ahead of a Moscow demonstration called in April 2007 in protest at the policies of President Vladimir Putin.
At the time leader of the opposition coalition The Other Russia, Kasparov was held in a police station for five hours before being brought before a court that fined him for taking part in an unsanctioned protest.
The European court found that the arrest of the chess great and eight fellow plaintiffs had been “disproportionate to the aim of maintaining public order.’’
It ruled that Russia had violated articles in the European Convention on Human Rights covering the right to a fair trial, and freedom of assembly and association.
Russian authorities were ordered to pay 10,000 euros in damages to Kasparov, 50, who now lives in Geneva.
Two other plaintiffs will receive the same amount and the remaining two are to receive 4,000 euros each in damages.