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Latvia Welcomes European Court Ruling On Kononov Case

Vasily Kononov (left) and his lawyer Mikhail Loffe

Vasily Kononov (left) and his lawyer Mikhail Loffe

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