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ECHR finds Russia guilty of death of Ukrainian who served in Transnistrian army

The Ukrainian Yevhen Kolobychko who lived in the unrecognized Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic has twice left military unit over soldiers’ abuse
15:39, 19 September 2018

rian.com

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) adjudged Russian Federation guilty of death of Ukrainian citizen Yevhen Kolobychko who was serving in the army of the unrecognized Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic and obliged it to pay 20,000 euros of non-pecuniary damage to the father of the deceased, as the Ukrainian News agency reported.

The father of Yevhen, Ivan Kolobychko is a citizen of Ukraine, but lives in Transnistria’s Tiraspol. The case concerned the death of his son Yevhen during his service in the army of an unrecognized Transnistria.

In July 2007, the Transnistrian army drafted Kolobychko's son to a military unit located in Tiraspol. After 2 months, the rookie left the military unit and moved to his cousin. He explained that the soldiers beat him and mocked him. In October 2007, Yevhen Kolobychko was forced to return to the barracks, from which he escaped again a week later.

Later, his body was found on the riverbank of Dniester River in January 2008. The forensics concluded that he had drowned.

Related: Moldova reports of Russia’s unauthorized drills in Transnistria

Military prosecutor’s office of Transnistria has opened the case and then closed it due to absence of the defendants. The father of Kolobychko also filed a complaint to the law enforcers of Moldova and Russia, but it also did not have any results. In the end, he filed to the European Court of Human Rights against Moldova, Russia and Ukraine.

The European Court found the lawsuit against Ukraine inadmissible.

ECHR decided that Russia was guilty of this incident and ordered it to pay the father of the deceased 20,000 euros of non-pecuniary damage and 2,400 euros to cover the expenditures.

As it was reported earlier, in Odesa, the law enforcers have detained a killer from the unrecognized Transnistrian Republic. A man was detained in Kyiv district of Odesa. A perpetrator drew the attention of the police patrol by an unstuck beard. A Makarov Pistol with bullets was confiscated during the inspection of a man.

Related: Transnistria refuses to withdraw Russian troops from republic

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