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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Chechens Win Strasbourg Case

The European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday that the military tortured two Chechen brothers when they were held in detention in 2000, the first such conviction against Russian forces.

Adam and Arbi Chitayev said they were beaten with water bottles and rubber truncheons, nearly strangled and attacked by dogs during six months in detention.

They said they believed they had survived only because of an article written by Anna Politkovskaya, a journalist shot dead in October, and help from Memorial, a human rights group.

They were released a few days after Politkovskaya's newspaper article on them was published.

The Strasbourg-based court said in a ruling: "[The court] has found above that the authorities tortured the applicants and failed to provide a prompt and public investigation."

It awarded each brother $45,280 compensation.