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31 January 2019, 22:26

ECtHR orders Russia to pay 10 million euros for deportation of Georgian citizens

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) awarded citizens of Georgia compensation for the mass deportation from Russia in 2006. Meanwhile, the Strasbourg Court dismissed the request for more than 70 million euros of compensation, reports the Russian Ministry of Justice (MoJ).

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that earlier, Georgia had appealed to the ECtHR after the mass deportation of its citizens from Russia in 2006-2007. The Russian side argued that court decisions were pronounced for each immigrant, and only violators of the Russian immigration laws were expelled. On July 3, 2014, the Strasbourg Court found that Russia violated a number of provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights. On July 3, 2015, Georgia demanded 70.32 million euros of compensation from Russia.

Today, the ECtHR has ordered Russia to pay compensation of 10 million euros for deporting at least 1500 citizens of Georgia in 2006, InterpressNews reports.

By the ECtHR's decision, each citizen of Georgia who fell victim to violation of Article 4 of the Protocol of the European Convention on Human Rights (prohibition on collective expulsion of aliens) is to receive 2000 euros. Furthermore, Russia is obliged to pay 10,000-15,000 euros to each citizen of Georgia who suffered from violations of Article 5 (unlawful deprivation of liberty) and Article 3 (inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment), the edition reports.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on January 31, 2019 at 04:04 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

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