ECHR Rules that Russia Committed War Crimes in Georgia

The European Court of human rights (ECHR) ruled that Russia was guilty of human rights violations during its war with Georgia in 2008.

The European Court of human rights (ECHR) ruled that Russia was guilty of human rights violations during its war with Georgia in 2008.

The war between Russia and the pro-Western Georgian government ended with Russian troops stationed in the Georgian regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia which was declared by the Kremlin as an independent region.

According to the ECHR, Russian forces have murdered Georgian civilians and looted and burned their homes.

Russian forces were also found to have also forcibly detained 160 Georgian civilians, most of whom were fairly elderly and one-third of whom were women in the basement of the “Ministry of Internal Affairs of South Ossetia” in Tskhinvali between around 10 and 27 August 2008.

There was also an incident wherein two Georgian soldiers were taken prisoner while their compatriot was beaten to death.

Russia is now obliged to investigate the events mentioned by the ECHR findings. 

Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili said the ruling was a “victory for the whole of Georgia.”

“The [Georgian] state is recognized as a victim of this war and it is a great achievement for our country, our society, our history, and for the future. It is the basis on which we must build our future and unity,” said Zurabishvili.


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