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European Court Orders Russia To Compensate Chechens

STRASBOURG -- The European Court of Human Rights has ordered Russian authorities to pay financial compensation to two Chechen families.

RFE/RL's Russian Service reports that the court ruled that relatives of Aslanbek Khamidov should receive 35,000 euros.

Khamidov has been missing since October 2000, after armed assailants dressed in Russian military uniforms took him away from his family.

Russian authorities were also ordered to pay 52,500 euros to the relatives of Kazbek Taysumov.

Taysumov was killed as the result of an artillery bombardment of his village in September 2002. His wife and daughter were killed, too.