On December 13th, 2011, the lawyer of Filipp Kostenko sent a complaint on violations of articles 6 (right to fair trial) and 11 (right to assemble) of the European Convention on Human Rights to the European Court for Human Rights (ECHR). A request to consider this case on a priority basis was also sent to the ECHR as the confinement conditions might have irreversible effect on Kostenko’s health. Progressive myopia complicated with astigmatism and hunger strike might lead to loss of sight. As the only reason for detention of the applicant is his attempt to realise his civil rights, the lawyer asked the Court to adopt interim measure, according to Article 39 of the Rules of Court, and oblige the Russian government to immediately release the applicant and offer him to stop the hunger strike.
On December 14th, 2011, lawyer’s requests were sent to the head of the detention centre of the Interior Ministry’s Department in St Petersburg and Leningrad region, V. Bokoch, and to head of the Interior Ministry’s Department in St Petersburg and Leningrad region, M. Sukhodolsky. In the requests the lawyer asks to constantly control the medical conditions of Fillip Kostenko due to possible loss of sight.