Commentary by Aleksandr Guryanov on the European Court’s Ruling in the Katyn Case

posted 24 Apr 2012, 08:01 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 24 Apr 2012, 08:02 ]
Source: (info), 17/04/12 

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Aleksandr Guryanov of the International Memorial Society: The complaint to the European Court about the Katyn massacre concerned violations committed by contemporary law enforcement agencies such as the prosecutor's office and the courts, which shamelessly ignore Russia's laws when it suits the leaders of the Russian state... 
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Mumin Shakirov: The European Court of Human Rights ruled that the mass execution of Poles in the Soviet Union in 1940 was a military crime. However, the Court refused to appraise the efficiency of the investigation of the “Katyn Case” carried out by the Russian authorities. Fifteen Polish citizens related to those who had been executed applied to the Court. Their complaint cited violations committed by Russia of the right to life enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights because the Russian authorities had not carried out an effective investigation into the death of their relatives. [Read more]