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Strasbourg court rules against Russia in 3 Chechen disappearances

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Russia has lost two cases in the Strasbourg Court of Human Rights over the disappearance of several people in Chechnya, the statement on the court's website said on Friday.

Russia has lost two cases in the Strasbourg Court of Human Rights over the disappearance of several people in Chechnya, the statement on the court's website said on Friday.

The first case concerned the disappearance of Ramzan Guluyev, born in 1967, who was taken from his house in Grozny in July 2002 by a group of armed men wearing camouflage uniforms and has not been seen since.

The applicants, Guluyev's relatives, complained that the investigation carried out by Russian authorities was ineffective, and breached articles of the European Convention on Human Rights guaranteeing the right to life, the right to liberty and security, the right to an effective remedy, and prohibiting inhuman or degrading treatment.

The court ruled that Russia pay the applicants 10,800 euros ($14,700) in pecuniary damages and 65,000 euros ($88,000) in non-pecuniary damages. The applicants were also awarded 1,650 euros ($2,250) for costs.

The applicants in the second case are the relatives of Islam Dunbayev, born in 1982, and Roman Bersnukayev, born in 1983, who were abducted in November 2000 and February 2001, respectively, and have not been seen since.

Prior to their disappearances, they were members of an illegal armed group in the Caucasus mountains.

The court said that the same articles of the convention were violated in this case, and awarded 60,000 euros ($82,000) to each of the applicants in respect of non-pecuniary damage and 639 euros ($870) for costs.

Under the European Convention on Human Rights, Russia or the applicants have three months to appeal the ruling in the court's Grand Chamber.

MOSCOW, February 12 (RIA Novosti)