ECHR rejects Russia’s complaint against Ukraine filed in 2021

The European Court of Human Rights has rejected all of Russia’s claims against Ukraine over a complaint that Moscow filed in 2021, the court’s ruling has said.

The decision notes that Russia has ignored a number of the court’s requests and has not participated in the process since it terminated its membership in the Council of Europe. In this regard, the court decided that “the Russian authorities are no longer interested in continuing to consider the application”.

In its lawsuit, Russia accused Ukraine of “murder, kidnapping, forced resettlement, interference in electoral rights, restrictions on the use of the Russian language and attacks on Russian embassies and consulates”.

In addition, in its complaint, Russia held Ukraine responsible for the deaths of people aboard flight MH17 in July 2014 because it failed to close its airspace. The Russian Federation also asked to oblige Ukraine to resume water supply to annexed Crimea.

On March 16, 2022, Russia left the Council of Europe and stopped implementing the rulings issued by the European Court of Human Rights.

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