United Nations

International Covenant on
Civil and Political Rights

Distr.: General
9 March 2021
Original: English

Human Rights Committee

Decision adopted by the Committee under the Optional
Protocol, concerning communication No. 2517/2014*, **
Communication submitted by:

A.T. (not represented by counsel)

Alleged victim:

The author

State party:

Russian Federation

Dates of communication:

4 August 2014 (initial submission)

Document references:

Decision taken pursuant to rule 92 of the
Committee’s rules of procedure, transmitted to
the State party on 23 December 2014 (not issued
in document form)

Date of adoption of decision:

6 November 2020

Subject matter:

Right to legal counsel; discrimination

Procedural issue:

Abuse of the right of submission

Substantive issues:

Legal assistance; discrimination

Articles of the Covenant:

2, 3, 5, 7, 14 (1) and (3) (d), 15 and 26

Article of the Optional Protocol:


The author of the communication is A.T., a citizen of the Russian Federation, born in
1980. He claims that the State party has violated of his rights under articles 2, 3, 5, 7, 14 (1)
and (3) (d), 15 and 26 of the Covenant. The Optional Protocol entered into force for the State
party on 1 January 1992. The author is not represented by counsel.
Facts as submitted by the author
On 15 December 2003, the author was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Supreme
Court of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania,1 for having committed acts of terrorism.2 On
15 December 2004, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, acting as court of cassation,

* Adopted by the Committee at its 130th session (12 October–6 November 2020).
** The following members of the Committee participated in the examination of the communication:


Tania María Abdo Rocholl, Yadh Ben Achour, Arif Bulkan, Ahmed Amin Fathalla, Furuya Shuichi,
Christof Heyns, Bamariam Koita, David H. Moore, Duncan Laki Muhumuza, Photini Pazartzis,
Hernán Quezada Cabrera, Vasilka Sancin, José Manuel Santos Pais, Yuval Shany, Hélène Tigroudja,
Andreas Zimmermann and Gentian Zyberi.
The Republic of North Ossetia-Alania forms part of the Russian Federation.
The author was represented by a lawyer during his trial.


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