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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Soldier's Family Wins

MOSCOW -- A court has ordered the Interior Ministry to pay nearly $5,000 in compensation to a family whose soldier son was killed in the Chechen war, the Vremya daily reported Friday.

In the precedent-setting case, a judge ruled the health of Alexander Tolbonen's parents suffered following the volunteer soldier's death in September 1996, shortly after a truce ending the bloody 21-month war was signed.

The Interior Ministry must pay Tolbonen's parents 100,000 rubles ($4,570) in moral damages, the judge in the Karelia district bordering Finland ruled.

The Interior Ministry is expected to appeal the decision, arguing that the cash-strapped armed forces do not have the funds to pay damages should other families follow suit.

Up to 80,000 people, many of them civilians, died during the war.