The European Court of Human Rights ordered Russia to pay 12,400 euros to a Russian who served 15 days in prison for spitting at Putin’s portrait.
In 2012, Dmitry Karuev took a portrait of Vladimir Putin, laid two carnations on it, and then spat on the portrait. The action was timed to coincide with the inauguration of Vladimir Putin for the third presidential term. Soon law enforcement agencies became interested in Dmitry. They considered that the man showed “flagrant disrespect for society” when he spat on a portrait of Putin. The court appointed the guilty 15 days of administrative arrest.
Dmitry appealed to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). They considered that Russia violated Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which guarantees freedom of expression. Thus, the ECHR ordered Russia to pay Dmitry compensation in the amount of 10,000 euros and pay legal costs in the amount of 2,400 euros.