The ECHR found a lock on a page in “Vkontakte” a violation of freedom of speech

The European court of human rights (ECHR) found violation of freedom of speech on a page lock, a civil activist Gregory Calbis in “Vkontakte”. The social network has closed access to the account at the request of prosecutors after the publication there of the call for participation in uncoordinated protests. On Thursday, April 30, reported on the website of the court.

The ECtHR ruled that blocking the social network violated three articles of the European Convention on human rights: the right to freedom of expression, the right to freedom of Assembly and Association and the right to an effective remedy. According to the court, Russia should pay Gregory Calbis compensation in the amount of € 12,500 and to reimburse him 2500 Euro for legal costs.

The account of Gregory of Cables in “Vkontakte” was blocked in September 2015. The civil activist has published the call for the residents of Syktyvkar go to the “people’s Assembly” to discuss the arrest of the former head of Komi Republic Vyacheslav Gaizer. The city authorities have not given permission for holding the picket, and after that the Deputy Prosecutor’s office asked the social network to block the page Cavisa. At the request of Roskomnadzor regional media “7×7” have also deleted the three entries of the blogger.

“In the circumstances, the court finds that the lock record on the Internet was justified by “urgent social need”, — stated in the decision of the ECHR. — [Russian] courts did not provide sufficient grounds for the violation of the applicant’s right to freedom of expression”.
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