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Strasbourg court rules Russia pay $6.7 mln for 2007 cases

Russia should pay 4.3 million ($6.7 million) in compensation for lost legal cases in 2007 at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, a Council of Europe ministerial report said Wednesday.

The 274-page report by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe was delivered Tuesday evening in Strasbourg by Emil Kuchar, permanent representative of Slovakia, the country chairing the 47-member organization, and Per Sjøgren, Sweden’s permanent representative. The report said Turkey is in first place in terms of compensation payouts (7.3 million euros, or $11.4 million), followed by Greece ($9 million) and Romania ($7.6 million). Russia is in fourth place after losing 140 cases last year.

The court ruled that Russia failed to carry out effective investigations into the deaths and disappearance of people, conducted illegal searches and unlawfully destroyed property during counter terrorist operations in the troubled North Caucasus Republic of Chechnya in 1999-2001. In addition, the court ruled Russia was guilty of holding suspects in custody for too long, prison torture, failing to provide adequate medical treatment and dragging out legal cases. (