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European Court Slams Russia Army Punishment

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Russia must pay compensation to an army conscript who was disabled after suffering "inhuman punishment" while on compulsory military service. Yevgenny Chember was awarded 10,000 euros ($15,880) in compensation by the court, based in Strasbourg, France.

The court said he was forced to do 350 knee bends in March 2001 in punishment for not cleaning his barracks properly . Chember collapsed and was taken to hospital were he was diagnosed with a spinal injury. The court reported in a summary of the case that Chember "can no longer walk properly."

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