Alexander Nikitin, former Russian submariner, contributed to the Bellona report about radioactive contamination in the Northern Fleet. The Russian Security Service charged Nikitin with espionage and state treason. After 5 years of legal battle he was acquitted of all charges.
The European Court of Human Rights denotes the Russian Prosecutor Generals actions against Aleksandr Nikitin as arbitrary and abusive. Yet, since Nikitin was acquitted despite of these actions, the Court found no violations of his rights under the European Convention on Human Rights.comments