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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia Loses Chechen Appeal

STRASBOURG, France -- The European Court of Human Rights said Wednesday that it had thrown out Russia's appeal of a ruling condemning military forces for the disappearance and presumed death of a young man during the war in Chechnya seven years ago.

Russia will have to pay the man's mother 35,000 euros ($47,400) in damages and more than 12,000 euros ($16,250) for court expenses.

The court upheld its judgment that Russia violated the European Convention on Human Rights by unlawfully detaining Khadzhi-Murat Yandiyev during a takeover of a Chechen village by Russian troops.

The landmark case was followed by several other similar rulings by the human rights court against Russia over the past year, and nearly 200 other Chechen disappearance cases are still pending in Strasbourg.

Yandiyev's mother, Fatima Bazorkina, filed the complaint against Russia in 2001 after she saw television footage of an officer interrogating her son as troops were taking over the village of Alkhan-Kala. The officer orders soldiers to shoot her son at the end of the footage.

The officer, later identified as Colonel-General Alexander Baranov, was questioned about the incident by authorities but never prosecuted.

Yandiyev was a student at the Moscow Sociology University before going to Chechnya in his final year of studies in 1999 to find his father.