The applicants, Yusup Kasymakhunov, an Uzbek national, and Marat Saybatalov, a Russian national, were born in 1964 and 1972 respectively. They were both convicted by the Russian courts, in November 2004 and October 2005 respectively, for their membership of the radical Islamic organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami, and sentenced to seven years and four months’ and five years and six months’ imprisonment respectively.
Relying on Article 7 (no punishment without law), they complain that the Russian Supreme Court’s decision banning the activities of Hizb ut-Tahrir in Russia had not been officially published and that the legal provisions on the basis of which they were convicted were therefore not foreseeable in their application. They further allege that their conviction had violated their rights under Articles 9 (freedom of thought, conscience, and religion), 10 (freedom of expression), and 11 (freedom of assembly and association), and their rights under Article 14 (prohibition of discrimination) in conjunction with Articles 9, 10 and 11.
ECHR Press release 069 (2013) 06/03/2013