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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

European Court Sides With Chechens

STRASBOURG, France -- The European Court of Human Rights on Thursday ruled against the Russian government in a case centering on the disappearance and presumed death of two Chechens from the same family.

Thursday's court ruling was the third in four months against Russia in cases concerning the Chechen war.

The court sided with Marzet Imakayeva, a Chechen woman who fled Russia two years ago to seek asylum in the United States. Her son disappeared after being detained in 2000 and her husband disappeared two years later.

The court ruled that the son, Said-Khuseyn, "had to be presumed dead following his unacknowledged detention. Consequently, Russia's responsibility was engaged."

It concluded the same for the father, Said-Magomed.

It said the way Imakayeva's complaints were dealt with by authorities constituted "inhumane treatment."