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EU Court orders Russia to pay $290,000 to 3 Chechen women

Society Materials 4 October 2007 22:03

( RIA Novosti ) - The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg ruled Thursday that Russia should pay three Chechen women about $290,000 in compensation.

The court ruled that several provisions of the European Human Rights Convention were violated in regard to Yelena Goncharuk, Kheidi Makhauri and Petimat Goigova in 2000 during Russia's second military campaign in Chechnya.

Chechnya, with a population of over a million people as of 2002, was devastated by two military campaigns, in 1994-1996 and 1999- 2001. In recent years, Moscow has substantially scaled down its military presence.

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg ruled in April that Russia pay a Chechen woman about $70,000 in compensation related to the disappearance of her husband and his alleged killing in 2000.

Some 200 similar cases are currently pending before the Strasbourg Court.

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