CCPR/C/132/D/3038/2017 United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights Distr.: General 7 December 2021 Original: English Advance unedited version Human Rights Committee Decision adopted by the Committee under article 5 (4) of the Optional Protocol, concerning communication No. 3038/2017*,** Communication submitted by: A. L. (represented by counsel, Lyudmila Romanenko) Alleged victims: The author State party: The Russian Federation Date of communication: 14 February 2017 (initial submission) Document references: Decision taken pursuant to rule 92 of the Committee’s rules of procedure, transmitted to the State party on 10 November 2017 (not issued in document form) Date of adoption of decision: 23 July 2021 Subject matter: Unlawful arrest and torture of the author followed by an unfair trial Procedural issue: Exhaustion of domestic remedies Substantive issues: Arbitrary arrest-detention, torture; cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; fair trial, fair trial - witnesses Articles of the Covenant: 7, 9(1-5), 14(1), 14(3)(e) Articles of the Optional Protocol: 2, 5 (2) (b) 1. The author is A. L., a citizen of the Russian Federation born in 1971. He claims to be a victim of violation, by the Russian Federation, of his rights under articles 7, 9 (1-5); 14 (1) and 14 (3) (e) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The Optional Protocol entered into force for the Russian Federation on 1 January 1992. The author is represented by counsel. The facts as submitted by the author 2.1 The author submits that he has been arrested by the police on 12 December 2013 and kept in a temporary detention centre until 20 December 2013, when he was charged with murder. During this period, he has been subjected to psychological and physical pressure, to * Adopted by the Committee at its 132nd session (28 June – 23 July 2021). ** The following members of the Committee participated in the examination of the present communication: Tania Abdo Rocholl, Wafaa Ashraf Moharram Bassim, Yadh Ben Achour, Arif Bulkan, Mahjoub El Haiba, Shuichi Furuya, Kobauyah Tchamdja Kpatcha, Carlos Gómez Martinez, Duncan Laki Muhumuza, Photini Pazartzis, Hernán Quezada, Vasilka Sancin, José Manuel Santos Pais, Changrok Soh, Hélène Tigroudja and Gentian Zyberi.