Russian troops strip-search a Chechen (fiile photo) (ITAR-TASS)
October 12, 2006 -- The European Court of Human Rights today ruled that the Russian state was responsible for the unlawful killings of five Chechens during a security operation by Russian military forces in the province's capital Grozny six years ago.
The court also said Russia failed to properly investigate the execution-style killings in Grozny, and ordered Moscow to pay the victims' relatives more than a total of $285,000 in damages.
The aftermath of a December 2002 Chechen resistance attack on the main government building in Grozny (epa)
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