14 April 2010, 18:00

Georgian soldier's family sues Russia at ECtHR

The Association of Young Lawyers of Georgia (AYLG) has filed a claim to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in favour of relatives of a Georgian soldier lost during the August events in South Ossetia in 2008. The claim refers to facts of torture and murder by Russian and Ossetian militaries of the Georgian soldier named Georgiy Antsukhelidze.

The young man took his service in the 41st battalion of the 4th Brigade in Vasiani. From August 9, 2008, on, after clashes in the city of Tskhinvali, for almost five months he was listed among missing persons. On December 12, 2008, DNA examination identified Antsukhelidze's body, which was buried into the mass cemetery of Mukhatgverdi village.

In January 2009, two video clips appeared in the Internet, clearly showing how Ossetian and Russian militaries were torturing a Georgian soldier. Antsukhelidze's family recognized Georgiy in the victim.

The applicants to the ECtHR are the widow of the soldier Maka Chikviladze and their two minor children. On their behalf the AYLG claims violation of Articles 2, 3, 5 and 13 of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR). Along with that, the Association assures that the violation by Russia of the above Articles of the Convention was caused by Antsukhelidze's ethnic origin and his Georgia citizenship, which is a breach of Article 14 of the ECHR, the "Georgia Online" Agency reports. The complaint was submitted to Strasbourg on April 8.

The "Echo of the Caucasus" Radio reports that one of the above video clips shows how Ossetian soldiers jump on Georgiy Antsukhelidze who is sitting and force him kiss the ground. His face is bleeding, and hands are roped. The other clip, which can be also found in the Internet, Georgiy is shown fainted on the ground, while the Ossetian military standing over him tries to drive away other men who in turn try to kick the head of the Georgian soldier.

Last October the family filed an official request to the Russian Prosecutor's Office asking to hold an inquiry into the reasons of Georgiy's death, but failed to receive any answer; therefore, the ECtHR has become their next instance.

Form of mobile communication
SMS: 8 903-767-6060

Know more? Do not be silent!

Lt feedback banner e01cf55c0487ab086773693a4f9f867af4d4bf9ccaab912687ca14ae806e7435
All news

October 10, 2015 19:36

  • CTO cancelled in Karabudakhkent District

    The regime of counterterrorist operation (CTO) introduced five days ago in the Karabudakhkent District of Dagestan has been cancelled this evening. Till present, law enforcers have not yet reported on the results of the operation.

October 10, 2015 18:56

October 10, 2015 17:26

  • Olympic infrastructure becomes heavy burden for Sochi budget, experts believe

    In Sochi, the expenses for the maintenance of the facilities built for the 2014 Olympic Games are mainly born by the budgets of the city and the region, and the expenses spend for the maintenance still exceed the revenues generated from their operation. This opinion was expressed by experts interviewed by the "Caucasian Knot".

October 10, 2015 15:41

  • Moscow opens monument to Boris Nemtsov and exhibition of his portraits on his birthday

    On the whole day of October 9, despite the cloudy weather, people were carrying candles, flowers, and posters to the place of the Boris Nemtsov's murder on Big Moskvoretsky Bridge, the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent reports. At the curb, people installed a sign reading: "Nemtsov's Bridge" and dozens of the politician's photos. Next to many of the portraits, people placed posters with quotes from Boris Nemtsov's speeches.

October 10, 2015 14:59

  • Intigam Aliev receives IBA Human Rights Award

    In Azerbaijan, the practice of imprisonment of human rights defenders and public activists on false charges is widespread, and all political prisoners in the country deserve awards for protection of human rights. This was declared by Intigam Aliev, the head of the organization "Legal Education Society", in connection with his award of the International Bar Association (IBA).

News archive