Akhmetov filed a lawsuit against Russia in the ECtHR

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Ринат Ахметов

Ukrainian businessman Rinat Akhmetov has filed a lawsuit against Russia with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), the SCM press service reports on Monday, June 27.

“The crimes of Russia against Ukraine and every Ukrainian are egregious. Those responsible must be punished. I – with the help of the best Ukrainian and American lawyers – filed a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights for damages. This lawsuit is one of the first international legal actions against Russia, the purpose of which is to stop the criminal activities of the Russian aggressor, the destruction of the Ukrainian economy and the plundering of Ukrainian assets,” Akhmetov said.

He asks the ECHR to hold the aggressor country accountable for the destruction of Ukrainian infrastructure, looting and theft of export goods. Akhmetov’s interests are represented by the international law firm Covington & Burling LLP.

In addition to the lawsuit, the businessman asks the court to take urgent interim measures that will prevent further blockade of Ukrainian ports, looting, theft of grain, as well as steel produced by SCM enterprises.

“The looting of Ukrainian export goods – including grain and steel – has already led to an increase in the prices of these goods and an increase in the number of people who die of hunger in the world. This barbarism must be stopped, and Russia must pay in full. I believe in justice and fight for her,” Akhmetov said, urging other businessmen who suffered from Russian aggression to apply to the ECHR.