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Legal News
15 Jan 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Thursday rejected [decision; press release] a complaint filed by Yevgeny Dzhugashvili against the Russian Novaya Gazeta [media website] newspaper for allegedly committing libel against his grandfather, Josef Stalin. The case concerns two articles published by the opposition newspaper regarding … [read more]


Legal News
22 Oct 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that it is not competent to examine the adequacy of an investigation by Russian authorities into the1940 Katyn Massacre [Britannica backgrounder], where thousands of Polish prisoners of war were killed by the Soviet secret police (NKVD). … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2012
by Keith Herting

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] concluded [judgment] Tuesday that the 1940 Katyn Massacre [Britannica backgrounder] of 21,000 Poles by the Soviets was a "war crime" but acknowledged that they cannot force Russia to investigate the killings further. The case was brought by 13 relatives … [read more]


Legal News
28 Apr 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The Russian government on Wednesday made public [press release] documents [materials, in Russian] relating to the 1940 Katyn Massacre [Britannica backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in which 20,000 Poles were killed by the USSR. While the documents were previously available to historians, political officials, and victims' families, this is the … [read more]


Legal News
28 Apr 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The Russian government on Wednesday made public [press release] documents [materials, in Russian] relating to the 1940 Katyn Massacre [Britannica backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in which 20,000 Poles were killed by the USSR. While the documents were previously available to historians, political officials, and victims' families, this is the … [read more]


Professional Commentary
21 Apr 2010

Agnieszka Bienczyk-Missala [Lecturer, Institute of International Relations, University of Warsaw]: "On 10 April 2010 one of the most tragic events in Polish post-war history happened. Polish president Lech KaczyÅ„ski died in a plane crash on his way to Smolensk in Russia for a Katyn commemoration ceremony. 70 years ago at … [read more]


Professional Commentary
18 Apr 2010

Bob Donnorummo [Former Associate Director, Center for Russian & East European Studies, University of Pittsburgh]: "On April 10, JURIST reported the crash of the Polish presidential jet killing President Lech Kaczynski, two deputy speakers and 12 members of parliament, two senators, three deputy ministers, National Bank President, all the chiefs … [read more]


Legal News
10 Apr 2010
by Ximena Marinero

[JURIST] Polish Parliament Speaker Bronislaw Komorowski [official websites, in Polish] became the interim Polish president on Saturday after elected President Lech Kaczynski [official website; BBC obituary] died in a plane crash [press release]. Komorowski must now announce [Reuters report] the date of the next presidential elections within two weeks. The … [read more]


Legal News
18 Feb 2010
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] The Polish government joined [Rzeczpospolita report, in Polish] a class-action on lawsuit Wednesday brought against Russia for the 1940 Katyn Massacre [Brittanica backgrounder; JURIST news archive] where 20,000 Poles were killed by the USSR. The suit [complaint], filed in May in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jan 2009
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of the Russian Federation [official website, in Russian] on Thursday rejected an appeal by relatives of victims of the 1940 Katyn Massacre [Polish government backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to reopen investigations into the killings. The court reasoned [RIA Novosti report] that the Soviet-era criminal code to … [read more]


Legal News
26 Nov 2008
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The Moscow City Court on Tuesday affirmed a lower court's decision not to legally rehabilitate captured Polish officers executed in 1940 during the Katyn massacre [Polish government backgrounder], in which more than 20,000 Polish Army reservists, academics and politicians were killed in the Katyn Forest in present-day Belarus, as … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jul 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] A Moscow court Monday rejected an attempt by relatives of Polish victims of the 1940 Katyn massacre [CNN backgrounder; Poland backgrounder] to renew investigations into the killings. The government of Mikhail Gorbachev [Guardian profile] admitted in 1990 that Josef Stalin had personally ordered [documents, in Russian] the secret police … [read more]


Legal News
24 Apr 2006
by Lisl Brunner

[JURIST] Relatives of Polish victims of the 1940 Katyn massacre [Wikipedia backgrounder] are planning to file a complaint against Russia with the European Court of Human Rights [official website] to compel the government to disclose information about the killings perpetrated by the secret police. The government of Mikhail Gorbachev admitted … [read more]

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