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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Court Rules For Latvian Deportees

STRASBOURG, France -- Europe's top human rights court ruled Thursday that Latvia abused the rights of two Russian women by forcing them to leave due to their ethnicity.

The panel of 17 judges at the European Court of Human Rights awarded Tatyana Slivenko and her daughter Karina Slivenko, 10,000 euros ($11,800) in damages after finding their rights to "respect for a private life and home" under the Convention on Human Rights had been violated.

As a signatory to the charter, Latvia is bound to uphold it. In their ruling, the judges said their deportation from Riga, Latvia, under a Latvian law that forced out Soviet army officers was unjustified.

"The authorities did not appear to have examined whether each person presented a specific danger to national security or public order," the judges said. "In all the circumstances, the applicants' removal could not be regarded as having been necessary in a democratic society."

Tatyana moved to Latvia with her parents -- who still live in Riga -- in 1959 and married her husband, Nikolai, a Soviet army officer, in 1980. Their daughter, Karina, was born in 1981. Nikolai retired from active duty in 1986.