Dialogue with High Commissioner. Protection of foreign citizens’ rights

04 July 2017

The protection of human rights knows no bounds. Sometimes we receive appeals from foreign citizens whose relatives have got into trouble being on the territory of the Russian Federation.

Commissioner for Human Rights of the Republic of Azerbaijan Elmira Teymur Suleymanova addressed me defending the interests of the citizen of the Republic of Azerbaijan R.

According to the applicant, on 9 January, her son F. was found dead near the railway in St. Petersburg. The investigators believed that the man had been hit by a train, but since F. had never been near the spot where he died, R. considered this version to be unconvincing. She asked investigators to take the footage from security cameras installed in the proximity of the railway and to take a train schedule from the control room, but this was not done.

Soon it turned out that there had been a fight between F. and his neighbor a few days before the incident. The last person who saw F. alive was a psychologist whom he visited several hours before his death.

The new circumstances were also not taken by the investigators into consideration; they did not initiate criminal proceedings.

In order to protect the rights of the citizen R., we sent an appeal to Commissioner for Human Rights in St. Petersburg Alexander Shishlov.

According to the response, the North-Western Investigation Department on Transport re-initiated the verification of R.'s arguments and the conduct of additional forensic medical examination.

In May, a criminal case was opened on the grounds of the crime provided for by Part 2 of Article 263 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Violation of the safety rules of traffic and operation of rail, air, sea and inland water transport and underground).

The investigation of the case remains under the supervision of investigative bodies.

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