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European Court of Human Rights : Volodina v. Russia (no. 2)

Dirk Voorhoof (UGent)
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In a case about domestic violence in Russia the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has emphasized the State’s obligation to protect persons from acts of cyberviolence, including the publication of intimate photographs without consent, stalking and impersonation, and to carry out an effective investigation into these acts. The case concerns Ms. Valeriya Volodina allegation that the Russian authorities had failed to protect her against the repeated cyberviolence of her partner who had created fake profiles in her name, published her intimate photos, tracked her movements and sent her death threats via social media. The ECtHR found in particular that, despite having the legal tools available to prosecute Volodina’s partner, the authorities had not carried out an effective investigation and had not considered at any point in time what could and should have been done to protect Volodina from recurrent online harassment. The authorities had therefore failed to comply with their obligations under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) by insufficiently protecting her from severe abuse.
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Cyber harassment, domestic violence, stalking, positive obligations to protect the right to privacy, photos, cyberviolence

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Voorhoof, Dirk. “European Court of Human Rights : Volodina v. Russia (No. 2).” IRIS (ENGLISH ED. ONLINE), no. 2021–10, 2021.
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Voorhoof, D. (2021). European Court of Human Rights : Volodina v. Russia (no. 2).
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Voorhoof, Dirk. 2021. “European Court of Human Rights : Volodina v. Russia (No. 2).” IRIS (ENGLISH ED. ONLINE).
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Voorhoof, Dirk. 2021. “European Court of Human Rights : Volodina v. Russia (No. 2).” IRIS (ENGLISH ED. ONLINE).
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Voorhoof D. European Court of Human Rights : Volodina v. Russia (no. 2). IRIS (ENGLISH ED. ONLINE). 2021.
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D. Voorhoof, “European Court of Human Rights : Volodina v. Russia (no. 2),” IRIS (ENGLISH ED. ONLINE), no. 2021–10. 2021.
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  abstract     = {{In a case about domestic violence in Russia the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has emphasized the State’s obligation to protect persons from acts of cyberviolence, including the publication of intimate photographs without consent, stalking and impersonation, and to carry out an effective investigation into these acts. The case concerns Ms. Valeriya Volodina allegation that the Russian authorities had failed to protect her against the repeated cyberviolence of her partner who had created fake profiles in her name, published her intimate photos, tracked her movements and sent her death threats via social media. The ECtHR found in particular that, despite having the legal tools available to prosecute Volodina’s partner, the authorities had not carried out an effective investigation and had not considered at any point in time what could and should have been done to protect Volodina from recurrent online harassment. The authorities had therefore failed to comply with their obligations under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) by insufficiently protecting her from severe abuse.}},
  articleno    = {{2021-10:1/22}},
  author       = {{Voorhoof, Dirk}},
  issn         = {{2078-6158}},
  keywords     = {{Cyber harassment,domestic violence,stalking,positive obligations to protect the right to privacy,photos,cyberviolence}},
  language     = {{eng}},
  number       = {{2021-10}},
  pages        = {{2}},
  series       = {{IRIS (ENGLISH ED. ONLINE)}},
  title        = {{European Court of Human Rights : Volodina v. Russia (no. 2)}},
  url          = {{http://merlin.obs.coe.int/article/9324}},
  year         = {{2021}},
}