United Nations

Convention against Torture
and Other Cruel, Inhuman
or Degrading Treatment
or Punishment

Distr.: General
4 September 2019
Original: English

Committee against Torture

Decision adopted by the Committee under article 22 of the
Convention, concerning communication No. 780/2016*, **
Communication submitted by:

V.P. (not represented by counsel)

Alleged victim:

The complainant

State party:

Russian Federation

Date of complaint:

21 July 2016 (initial submission)

Document references:

Decision taken pursuant to rule 115 of the
Committee’s rules of procedure, transmitted to
the State party on 11 November 2016

Date of present decision:

26 July 2019

Subject matter:

Ill-treatment by staff in prison hospital

Procedural issues:

Lack of substantiation of claims; non-exhaustion
of domestic remedies

Substantive issues:

Torture and ill-treatment

Articles of the Convention:

1, 2, 4, 6, 11, 12 and 13

The complainant is V.P., a national of the Russian Federation born in 1991. He
claims that the Russian Federation violated his rights under articles 1, 2, 4, 6, 11, 12 and 13
of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or
The facts as submitted by the complainant
On 2 November 2011, the Kirov district court in Krasnoyarsk found the complainant
guilty of murder and infliction of bodily injury and sentenced him to 10 years in prison. The
district court considered, inter alia, the complainant’s forensic psychiatric evaluation and
found him fit for trial.
On 11 June 2015, the complainant was admitted to penitentiary hospital No. 1
(KTB-1) in the Krasnoyarsk region in order to be treated for high blood pressure. Upon
admission to the hospital, he was taken to ward No. 6 (psychiatric unit) and stayed there
* Adopted by the Committee at its sixty-seventh session (22 July–9 August 2019).
** The following members of the Committee participated in the consideration of the communication:
Essadia Belmir, Felice Gaer, Abdelwahab Hani, Jens Modvig, Ana Racu and Diego RodríguezPinzón. Pursuant to rule 109, read in conjunction with rule 15 of the Committee’s rules of procedure,
and article 10 of the guidelines on the independence and impartiality of members of the human rights
treaty bodies (Addis Ababa Guidelines), Bakhtiyar Tuzmukhamedov did not participate in the
examination of the communication.



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