Vremenny village after special operation, December 2014. Photo: press service of HRC ‘Memorial’, http://memohrc.org

16 July 2019, 23:09

Court supports Vremenny residents in their claim against authorities

The Supreme Court (SC) of Dagestan refused to grant the appeal filed by the authorities of the Untsukul District to challenge the verdict about their inaction on paying compensations to residents of the Vremenny village for their houses that had been destroyed during a counterterrorist operation (CTO).

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that since September 2014, residents of Vremenny in Dagestan have been seeking compensation from the authorities for their destroyed housing. On March 12, 2019, the Untsukul District Court recognized the officials' inaction.

On September 18, 2014, residents of Vremenny reported that the settlement was blocked by law enforcers. By October 8, almost all residents left the place; in December 2014, a special commission announced that 52 houses in Vremenny are unfit for living.

Today, the Supreme Court of Dagestan has upheld the decision of the Untsukul District Court of Dagestan. "The Untsukul district administration should have created special acts (to describe damage to houses) and send them to the Ministry for Emergencies (MfE) of Dagestan. They failed to do that. As a result, the Vremenny villagers did not receive compensations for their destroyed houses," notes advocate Shamil Magomedov, who cooperates with the Human Rights Centre (HRC) "Memorial".

According to the advocate, the representative of the Untsukul district administration did not appear in court.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on July 16, 2019 at 05:25 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

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