Russia filed its first ever interstate complaint with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).
In it, Moscow accuses Kiev of violating the Council of Europe Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
The document touches upon the events that followed “the violent change of power in Ukraine in February 2014,” the Prosecutor General’s Office said in a statement.
The appeal is intended to draw the attention of the European Court and the entire world community to gross and systematic violations of the Ukrainian administration.
In the claim, Russia accuses Ukraine of the following:
- the death of civilians, illegal imprisonment and cruel treatment of people, including on the Maidan, in Odessa and Donbass;
- the death of people, harm to health and the destruction of property during shelling of adjacent Russian territory;
- suppression of freedom of speech and persecution of dissidents, including politicians and journalists;
- discrimination against the Russian-speaking population and the displacement of the Russian language;
- discrimination against Russian companies and entrepreneurs;
- depriving residents of southeastern Ukraine of the opportunity to participate in elections;
- the water blockade of Crimea;
- attacks on Russian diplomatic, consular and other missions;
- the crash of MH17 due to the fact that Ukraine did not close the airspace over the war zone.
As a result of these accusations, Moscow demands from Kiev the following:
- immediately end the water blockade of Crimea;
- immediately stop limiting the rights of national and linguistic minorities, including free access to general and higher education in their native language;
- immediately lift the ban on the broadcasting of Russian-language channels and the restriction of access to Internet platforms and printed publications in Russian.
Russia’s Prosecutor General’s Office published a justification of its requests to the EHCR:
“The violent seizure of power in Kiev escalated into nationalist terror and a war in the southeast with thousands of dead civilians, the authorities encouraged and covered nationalists for more than 7 years, without conducting an independent and effective investigation of crimes – violation of Article 2 of the ECHR (right to life) and Article 3 (prohibition of torture)
In Donetsk and Luhansk regions, a civil war has been going on for 7 years, hidden under the name of “anti-terrorist operation” – violation of Articles 2, 3, 8 (the right to respect for private and family life, home) and 1 Protocol No. 1 (the right to the unhindered use of one’s property)
the abduction and torture of Donbass residents have become a mass practice of the SBU and the Ukrainian army – violation of Articles 2, 3, 5 (the right to liberty and security of person) and 13 (the right to an effective remedy)
the Ukrainian authorities are responsible for the forced displacement of refugees from Donbass – violation of Article 8 and Article 1 of Protocol No. 1
Many Russians became victims of shelling from the territory of Ukraine in the border areas – violation of Articles 2, 3, 8 and Article 1 of Protocol No. 1
Ukraine is fully responsible for the death of people on board the Malaysian Boeing, due to the fact that it did not close the airspace over the war zone – violation of Articles 2 and 3
the authorities are physically eliminating opposition politicians and journalists – violation of Articles 2, 3, 5, 8, 10 (freedom of speech) and 14 (prohibition of discrimination)
the rights of Russian speakers to use the Russian language are infringed – violation of Articles 8, 10, 14, Article 2 of Protocol No. 1 (the right to education) and Article 1 of Protocol No. 12 (general prohibition of discrimination)
since 2014, the “water blockade” of Crimea continues, the damage from which has already amounted to more than 1.4 trillion. rubles – violation of Articles 3, 8, 14, 1 of Protocol No. 1 and Protocol No. 12
with the support of the authorities, the extremist site “Peacemaker” was created, where illegally collected data of Ukrainians, Russians and other foreigners, including European politicians and Western journalists, is published – violation of Articles 2, 3, 8, 10, 14, 18, 33 and 34
the life and health of Russian diplomats is constantly in danger, there are cases of threats, beatings, and other violence, Russia has sent 33 requests for legal assistance in such cases to Kiev over 5 years, none of which has been properly executed – violation of Articles 2, 3, 8, 14, 18 and Article 1 of Protocol No. 1
Donbass residents are deprived of the opportunity to participate in the presidential elections in Ukraine and the Verkhovna Rada – violation of Article 3 of Protocol No. 1 (the right to free elections)
politically motivated sanctions are introduced against Russian companies – violation of Articles 1 of Protocol No. 1, Article 14 and Article 1 of Protocol No. 12″
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