Latvia today welcomed a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that upholds its war crimes conviction of former Soviet partisan fighter Vasily Kononov
, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.
The ruling, released today by the Strasbourg-based court, says Latvia did not violate Kononov's human rights by prosecuting him six decades after the end of World War II.
A Latvian court convicted Latvian-born Kononov in 2004 over a 1944 raid by Soviet partisans on a village in which nine civilians, including a pregnant woman, were shot dead.
Latvian prosecutors said the victims were peaceful citizens, but Kononov claimed they had collaborated with Nazi Germany.with agency reports