On November 9, 2006, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that Russia was responsible for the disappearances of three Chechens since Russian occupation of the former Soviet satellite country began in 1999. Additionally, the court found that Russia had violated the European Convention on Human Rights and also awarded damages to the victims' families. The ECHR had previously found Russia responsible for other disappearances in Chechnya in July and October 2006.
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