ECHR receives new application of Ukraine against Russia

New application of Ukraine against the Russian Federation has submitted to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), the press service of the institution said on Tuesday, where four complaints of the Ukrainian government against the Russian Federation are already under consideration.

"On 19 February 2021 the Government of Ukraine lodged a new inter-State application against the Russian Federation under Article 33 (Inter-State cases) of the European Convention on Human Rights. This is the ninth inter-State application lodged by Ukraine against the Russian Federation. It has been registered under application No. 10691/21," the court said in a press release.

The ECHR said that the application concerns the Ukrainian government's allegations of an ongoing administrative practice by the Russian Federation, consisting of "state-authorized targeted assassination operations against perceived opponents of the Russian Federation in Russia and on the territory of other states, including other member states of the Council of Europe, outside a situation of armed conflict."

"The Ukrainian Government also alleges an administrative practice by the Russian Federation of failing to investigate these assassination operations and of deliberately mounting cover-up operations aimed at frustrating efforts to find the persons responsible," the court said in the press release.

The ECHR said the government of Ukraine alleges a violation of both the substantive and procedural aspects of Article 2 (right to life) of the Convention.

The other inter-State applications lodged by Ukraine against Russia and currently pending before the Court are the following: Ukraine and the Netherlands against Russia, applications No. 8019/16, No. 43800/14 and No. 28525/20 lodged respectively on March 1, 2014, 13 June 2014 and 10 July 2020. These cases concern events in Eastern Ukraine, including the crash of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, which was shot down in July 2014. The complaint is also being considered by Ukraine against the Russian Federation regarding Crimea, complaints No. 20958/14 and 38334/18, lodged on March 13, 2014 and August 10, 2018, which was declared partly admissible by the Grand Chamber on 14 January 2021. In addition, pending consideration is a complaint by Ukraine against the Russian Federation No. 55855/18, which was filed on November 29, 2018 and concerns the naval incident in the Kerch Strait in 2018 which led to the capture of three Ukrainian naval vessels and their crews.