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Strasbourg orders Russia to pay compensation over Chechen death

19:59 05/03/2009
PARIS, March 5 (RIA Novosti) - The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg on Thursday ordered Russia to pay 37,000 euros ($46,450) in connection with the murder of an ethnic Chechen in 2000.

Luiza Khalitova told the court that the Russian authorities had failed to conduct an investigation into the murder of her husband, Lech Khazhmuradov, whom she claimed was killed by Russian troops in September 2000 in Chechnya while chopping wood.

The court ordered Russia to pay Khalitova 35,000 euros in compensation for moral damages and 2,400 euros in compensation for legal costs. The decision was made by the court on February 12, but was only announced today.

Last week, the Strasbourg court ordered Russia to pay a total of $238,500 in compensation.

The court ordered Russia to pay 10,000 euros ($12,800) to Russian judge Olga Kudeshkina for the violation of her right to the freedom of expression, and 176,744 euros ($225,700) in compensation to the relatives of four people who went missing in Chechnya between 2002 and 2005.

Russia has lost the majority of cases brought against it in the Strasbourg. In 2008, the court ruled against Russia 245 times. Overall, around 20% of all complaints made to the court in the past decade have involved Russia.

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