CoE discusses Russian refusal of €10 mln compensation for Georgia, demands urgent payment

The Council of Europe has released a conclusion on Russia’s refusal to pay a fine for the illegal deportation of Georgians in, 26 Sep 2019 - 13:47, Tbilisi,Georgia

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe says that Russia has an “unconditional obligation” to fulfill the verdict of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and pay €10 million to Georgian citizens illegally deported in 2006. 

The Committee of Ministers says that Russia must also pay default interest accrued because of the delay of the payment.

The discussion of the issue was held between September 23-25, and the conclusion was released earlier today. 

The Georgian Justice Ministry appealed to the Committee of Ministers of the CoE to discuss Russia’s failure to abide by the judgement. 

Russia had the obligation to pay the fine before the end of April 2019, but refused to do so.

  • The Georgian government says that in 2006 more than 4,600 expulsion orders were issued by Russian authorities against Georgian nationals.
  • More than 2,300 were detained and forcibly expelled and the remaining left the country by their own means.
  • The mass deportation was preceded by the arrest of four Russian officers on charges of espionage by the previous government of Georgia in September 2006.