20 September 2018, 08:45
ECtHR asks Russian authorities questions about bombing of Chechen village
The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) will consider the fourth complaint related to the bombing of the Chechen village of Katyr-Yurt in 2000. Until January 18, 2019, the Russian government should answer questions about the inquiry into events in Katyr-Yurt, the Human Rights Centre (HRC) "Memorial" has stated.
The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that in October 2015, the ECtHR issued a ruling on the lawsuit of Taisa Abakarova, a native of Chechnya, whose family perished at the bombardment of Katyr-Yurt. A similar claim, lodged by Zara Isaeva, a resident of Chechnya, who lost her son and three nieces during the above attack of Katyr-Yurt, was satisfied by the ECtHR in 2005.
On February 4, 2000, a large group of militants entered Katyr-Yurt. Villagers did not know about an offensive military operation launched by Russian authorities in the form of missile and bomb strikes. According to the HRC "Memorial", from several dozens to 100 civilians were killed.
Until January 18, the Russian government should answer the ECtHR's questions related to the second complaint of Marusa Abueva, a Katyr-Yurt villager, who lost her son Ruslan in the February 2000 bombardment.
Human rights defenders have recalled that in its earlier decisions, the ECtHR indicated that the authorities had failed to conduct an efficient investigation into the Katyr-Yurt bombardment. Also, no one was held accountable for the death of civilians.