ECHR orders Russia to pay 1.6 million euros to families of nine missing in Chechnya and Ingushetia

ECHR orders Russia to pay 1.6 million euros to families of nine missing in Chechnya and Ingushetia

The investigating bodies of the republics did not find those responsible for the victims’ disappearance.

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) awarded compensation to the families of nine people, who went missing in Chechnya and Ingushetia, for a total amount of 1.6 million euros. As the court found, the rights to life, liberty, personal integrity, and effective remedies, including the investigation of a crime, were violated.

“The state is responsible not only for fulfilling financial obligations to the applicants for the payment of compensation but also for effective investigation of the kidnappings. However, in practice, the implementation of such ECHR resolutions is limited only to the payment of monetary compensations,” lawyer Rustam Matsev told Mediazona.

The applicants were relatives of the missing, who disappeared from 2000 to 2005 during the counter-terrorist operation in Chechnya. The investigating bodies did not find those responsible. According to the victims’ relatives, some disappeared after being detained by the military, others were taken away by the police.

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