Russia said that for the first time they applied to the ECHR with a complaint against Ukraine

In Russia, they said that for the first time in the history of the country they filed an interstate complaint against Ukraine in the European Court of Human Rights. We are talking about ten ” claims”, in particular, “discrimination against the Russian-speaking population” and the MH17 disaster.

This is reported by the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Russian Federation.

They claim that the purpose of the appeal is “to draw the attention of the European Court and the entire world community to gross and systematic violations of human rights by the Ukrainian authorities.”

Among the “claims” put forward by Moscow are the following:

  • the death of people during the Euromaidan in 2014, during a fire in the House of Trade Unions in Odessa and during an operation in Donbass;
  • “The practice of suppressing freedom of speech and persecuting dissidents by banning the work of the media and journalists”;
  • “Discrimination” of the Russian-speaking population and “ousting” of the Russian language from the public sphere;
  • “Discrimination” of Russian business;
  • “Death of people and destruction of property as a result of shelling by the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the adjacent territory of the Russian Federation”;
  • depriving the residents of Donbass of the opportunity to participate in elections to the central authorities;
  • “Blocking the North Crimean Canal as the main source of fresh water for the inhabitants of the Crimean Peninsula”;
  • “Attack” on Russian diplomatic missions;
  • the crash of a Malaysian Airlines plane on July 17, 2014 “as a result  of the airspace over the war zone uncovered by the Ukrainian authorities.”
  • “Refusal to provide the necessary legal assistance to the Russian investigating authorities in the investigation of the crimes committed”.

The Russian Prosecutor General’s Office says that the country’s complaint contains “a detailed description of the process of an unconstitutional change of power in Ukraine and the promotion of nationalist forces into Ukrainian state bodies.”

In January, the European Court of Human Rights accepted the lawsuit of Ukraine against the Russian Federation on violation of human rights in the temporarily occupied Crimea , which the country filed back in 2014. However, the court dismissed complaints about the administrative practice of killings and shootings, about the detention of foreign journalists in the first half of March 2014, about the nationalization of the property of the Ukrainian military.

(c) HB


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