( dpa )- The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg ordered Russia Thursday to pay 80,000 euros (115,984 dollars) in damages to a 28-year-old woman and a 26-year-old man who were abused and tortured by police.
The woman from Nizhny Novgorod was raped and assaulted repeatedly in 1999 at a police station to which she was called as a witness to a murder.
The court described the repeated rape and abuse by police officers of the woman as particularly serious and a violation of the prohibition on torture.
The woman's account of what had happened was credible and could be proven clearly, the court said.
The male victim who was also called to the police station as a witness to the same murder was severely abused by police.
His account of what had happened was also credible, the court ruled.
The Strasbourg court accused the Russian authorities of not investigating the cases with due care and of not bringing those responsible to justice.