ECHR awarded 1.5 million euros to relatives of people abducted in Chechnya

ECHR awarded 1.5 million euros to relatives of people abducted in Chechnya
The European Court of Human Rights

The abductions of people occurred in the period from 2001 to 2005 in Chechnya.

The European Court of Human Rights has made decisions on two cases concerning abductions of people in Chechnya during federal troops’ special operations. A total of 20 groups of applicants will receive more than 1.5 million euros of compensation (1,534,750 euros).

The abductions of people occurred in the period from 2001 to 2005 in Chechnya. In most cases, people disappeared after troops came to their homes in camouflage uniforms in armored vehicles.

Relatives of Vait Ashabov, Shamhan Murdalov, Rustam Makaev, Adam Sagdaev, Ruslan Edilsultanov, Salah and Anzor Yahyaevs, Rizvan  Oybuev, Suleyma Said-Khusein Elmurzaev, Magomed Elzhurkaev, Zayndi Dudarkaev, Magomed-Emin Mezhidov, Khamzat and Ahyad Shahidovs, Magoved Israilov, Razambek Isiev, Movsar Limaev, Musa Mintsaligov, Vahid Yahyaev, Musa Zaurbekov, Aslambek Abdurzakov and Sayhan Isaev filed lawsuits with the ECHR.

Representatives of the Russian Ministry of Justice insisted that the relatives of the abductees did not provide sufficient evidence that federal troops or other representatives of the state took part in these operations. Moscow also insists that the applicants have not used all possibilities to achieve justice in the Russian courts.

The European Court found violations of the right to life, the prohibition of torture and inhuman treatment, the right to liberty and the right to judicial protection in these cases.

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