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Lawyer Jerry Skinner filed the lawsuit against Russia and its President Vladimir Putin on behalf of 40 families of the relatives of the victims of MH17 crash to the European Court of Human Rights as DW agency reported.

“Such weapon as Buk missile system, from which MH17 flight was downed, could not leave the territory of Russia without the permission of the officials. Probably, we will hear the names of the advisors close to Putin who maintained close links with actors in the east of Ukraine. I believe we will hear about Putin. According to my opinion, such a powerful and high-tech weapon could not have left the territory of the Russian Federation if it had not been approved at the highest level. It happened as it happened. Exactly because Putin gave permission for it. We can tell this with certainty,” Skinner said.

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Simultaneously with the trial in the Netherlands, which has started on Monday, March 9, on the accusation of three Russians and one Ukrainian of the downing of MH17 plane, the lawyer Jerry Skinner filed the lawsuit against Russia and Vladimir Putin on behalf of 40 families of the relatives of MH17 crash victims to the European Court of Human Rights. The affected people demand $330 million compensation from Russia.

On March 9, the first court session on MH17 case took place in The Hague. No defendants appeared at the court. As it is known, Russians Sergey Dubinsky, Igor Girkin and Oleg Pulatov and Ukrainian Leonid Kharchenko are the suspects in the case.

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Boeing 777 of Malaysian Airlines, flight number MH17 was destroyed while performing a regular flight from the Netherlands to Malaysia in July 2014. The tragedy took place in the sky over the militant-held section of the Donetsk region. All 298 people aboard deceased; most of the victims, 196, were Dutch, but there were citizens of another nine countries as well.