European Court of Human Rights Rules against Russia for Expulsions of Georgians
The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has found Russia guilty of human rights violations for the mass expulsion of Georgians two years before the 2008 Russian-Georgian War.
In the fall of 2006, Russian officials rounded up more than 2,300 Georgians and deported hundreds of them in cargo planes. The operation, which hit amidst an embargo on Georgian wine, water and fruit and vegetables, was largely seen as retaliation against former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili’s administration for detaining and deporting four Russian military officers on espionage charges.
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