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Russian Justice Ministry Not Aware of Claims to ECHR Over MH17 Crash

© Maksim Blinov / Go to the mediabankDutch Safety Board releases report into Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 disaster
Dutch Safety Board releases report into Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 disaster - Sputnik International
The Russian Justice Ministry said Monday that it had not received any notification related to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) lawsuit over the Malaysia Airlines plane crash in eastern Ukraine.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier this month, a Sydney law firm filed a lawsuit in the ECHR against Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin on behalf of the relatives of the victims. The families are demanding $10 million in compensation for each victim of the air crash.

"The Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation has no information regarding the claims brought to the ECHR from the relatives of the Australian and New Zealand passengers of the Malaysia Airlines plane," the ministry's press office told RIA Novosti.

A sign on the crash site of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 Boeing en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur - Sputnik International
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Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 crashed with 298 people on board on July 17, 2014, in eastern Ukraine after being shot down while en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam. Kiev and pro-independence militia in Ukraine's southeast have blamed each other for the downing of the plane.

Dutch investigators published a report in October 2015 in which it stated the Malaysia Airlines aircraft appeared to have been downed using a Russia-produced Buk surface-to-air missile system. The report did not identify the exact location from where the missile was fired.

The Russian arms manufacturer that builds Buk missile systems, Almaz-Antey, conducted a separate probe into the crash, finding that the missile that hit the plane could only have been launched from the region of Zaroshchenske, controlled by Kiev forces at the time of the incident.

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