Russia owes astronomic debt to European Court

No moneyRussia has halted the payment of compensation payments awarded by the European Court of Human Rights. The total amount is said to be astronomical.

According to Elena Maiboroda, Russia’s representative at the Strasbourg court, the Russian government has stopped the funds that the Finance Ministry has allocated for paying the compensation, Radio Free Europe reports.

The funds allocated by the Financial Ministry for that purpose ran out a month ago, and no new income is expected in the near future, she said. The number of judgements against Russia keeps growing, Maiboroda said, increasing the amounts to be paid to astronomic heights.

Russia has a reputation for ignoring Strasbourg Court rulings. The European Court has issued numerous judgments against Moscow, notably over abuses committed in Russia’s two post-Soviet era wars in Chechnya.

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