Ukraine has filed a lawsuit in the European Court of Human Rights against Russia, accusing it of deliberately killing suspected opponents, including Alexei Navalny and Sergei Skripal, AFP reported, citing information from the Strasbourg court.
In addition to Russia’s opposition number one Navalny and former double agent Skripal, the long list also includes Boris Nemtsov, who was killed in Moscow in 2015, Zelimkhan Hangoshvili, a Georgian of Chechen descent, killed in Berlin in 2019, and Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, who was killed in Moscow in 2006, according to the press service of the ECtHR.
We have tried to cover all cases for which there is solid evidence of Russian interference, wrote Ukrainian Deputy Justice Minister Ivan Lishchyna on Facebook.
According to a complaint filed late last week, such killings took place “in Russia and on the territory of other countries, including members of the Council of Europe, outside situations of armed conflict.”
For the ninth time, Kiev is taking advantage of a procedure that allows it to file a complaint against a member state of the Council of Europe. Four of Ukraine’s complaints are still pending in court.
The Ukrainian government also accuses Russia of failing to investigate the assassinations and of deliberately organizing cover-ups to thwart efforts to identify those responsible. Kiev alleges a violation of the provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights on the right to life.
Kiev’s other complaints against Moscow, on which the court has not yet ruled, are on “the events in eastern Ukraine, including the crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane shot down in July 2014,” on “numerous violations of the Crimea agreement.” as well as “the maritime incident in the Kerch Strait in 2018, which led to the capture of three naval vessels of the Ukrainian Navy and their crews.”
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