Strasbourg tribunal fails to give ruling over 1940 Katyn massacre

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg said on October 22 2013 that it has no competence to judge the adequacy of Russia’s investigation into the 1940 Katyn massacre of more than 20 000 Polish war prisoners.

According to the court, Russia has not offered any substantive reason for maintaining a classified status of the Katyn investigation and thus failed to comply with a human rights obligation to provide evidence. However, the Strasbourg judges said they had no authority to assess handling of the inquiry since Russia joined the European Convention on Human Rights in 1998, eight years after the investigation was initiated.

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