Victory in the European Court.


On 7 May 2002 the European Court on human rights made public the decision concerning the case of Russian citizen Anatoliy Burdov, a participant of the salvation works after the Chernobyl catastrophe. The court ruled to pay the plaintiff a compensation from the official organs. Before this Anatoliy Burdov for more than a decade had been trying to gain justice in Russia.

According to the decision of the European Court, the government of the Russian Federation must pay to the Chernobyl catastrophe liquidator the recompensing sum equal to three thousand Euro. The decision is motivated with violating A. Burdov’s rights (the right for fair court and the right for property). The Court reckons that Articles 6 and 1 of the first Protocol to the European Covenant of human rights and basic freedoms were abused.

In October 1986, six months after the Chernobyl catastrophe, Anatoliy Burdov, then a serviceman of the Soviet Army, was directed to liquidate the consequences of the catastrophe at the Chernobyl atomic station. During three months he underwent the enormous dozes of radiation, after which his health seriously deteriorated. In 1991 a court ruled to recompense Burdov the damage inflicted to his health and assigned him the monthly pension. However, Burdov got all this only ten years later.

This was the first verdict of the European Court on human rights concerning Russia. All in all, more than three thousand complaints against the actions of the Russian state agencies are now stored in the Strasbourg court.
8 May 2002

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