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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia Guilty in Chechen's Death

The European Court of Human Rights on Thursday blamed the Russian government for the death of a Chechen man during a military sweep outside Grozny in 2001.

The court ruled that Russia was responsible "beyond all reasonable doubt" for the death of Shamil Said-Khasanovich Akhmadov and ordered the government to pay his family 55,000 euros ($74,450) in damages.

Akhmadov was one of 170 people arrested in the March 2001 sweep. His body was found in a field in April 2002. His right leg was broken, the upper half of his skull was missing and there were bullet holes in his clothing.

Meanwhile, speaking in Moscow on Thursday, court chairman Jean-Paul Costa said he hoped to convince Russia's leadership that ratification of proposed rules meant to streamline the work of the overburdened court is in Moscow's interests.

Russian officials, including President Vladimir Putin have accused the court of bias.

Reuters, AP