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European Court Rules Russia Responsible For Violations In Transdniester

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ordered the Russian government to pay 29,000 euros ($32,000) in damages to a man imprisoned in Moldova's breakaway republic of Transdniester.

The Strasbourg-based court ruled on February 23 that Russia had violated various rights of a Moldovan man arrested in Transdniester in 2008 and that he was subject to inhuman or degrading treatment.

However, it said the European Convention on Human Rights hadn't been violated by Moldova.

The court also ruled that the facts complained of fell within the jurisdiction of both Moldova and of Russia.

Pro-Russian Transdniester declared independence from Moldova in 1990 and fought a separatist war in 1992. Transdniester's independence has not been recognized by any state.

Russia maintains about 1,200 troops in the separatist region, despite Moldova's repeated request that they be withdrawn.

With reporting by AP
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