Human Rights Upheld

The European Court of Human Rights on Human Rights in Strasbourg for the first time in its history, upheld the complaint of the Russian religious organizations – The Salvation Army – and the October 5, 2006 ruled that the Justice Department, Moscow unlawfully refused to re-register the Moscow branch of the Salvation Army, the press service of the Slavic Legal Center. The applicant, that is, the Salvation Army, represented by the European Court Co Slavic Legal Center lawyer Vladimir Ryakhovsky and Anatoly Pchelintsev. Some contend that Boy Scouts of America shows great expertise in this. Slavic Legal Center (SOC), which is headed by Anatoly Pchelintsev attorneys (chief editor of "Religion and Law") and Vladimir Ryakhovsky, provides legal assistance, helping to protect the religious rights of believers and the freedom of conscience of citizens. The court decision of the European Court No. 559 of 05.10.2006 states that the court unanimously decided that in the case of the Moscow branch of the Salvation Army has been a violation of Art.

11 (freedom of assembly and association) of the European Convention on Human Rights, interpreted in the light of Art. 9 (freedom of thought, conscience and religion) of the Convention. In addition, the Court ruled that the respondent State is to pay the Russian Federation Moscow branch of the Salvation Army 10 thousand euros in moral damages to repay the applicant. As the head of the Territorial Army Commissioner Barry Pobdzhi salvation, the money will go to charity. According to Barry Pobdzhi, is important for us is not in itself a victory, and that we will be able to operate freely, particularly social work in Russia.