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Russia will be a third party at the European Court of Human Rights hearings on the Vasily Kononov vs. Latvia lawsuit
Russia will be a third party at the European Court of Human Rights hearings on the Vasily Kononov vs. Latvia lawsuit, a source at the presidential press service told Itar-Tass on Sunday. Russian representative to the European Court of Human Rights Pavel Laptev has submitted a memorandum to the effect. He also suggested prioritizing the case because of the elderly age of Kononov, who was born in 1923. The memorandum was posted by the newspaper Rossiiskaya Gazeta. Kononov is a citizen of Russia and a WW2 veteran. Latvian prosecutors have accused the former guerrilla of war crimes, including a punitive operation at the village of Malye Baty, where nine alleged civilians were killed. Kononov said that the civilians were accomplices to the Nazi. The Riga court sentenced the former guerrilla to six years in prison, but the Supreme Court released him and ordered a new investigation in April 2001. The hearings resumed in September 2001, and the public prosecutor demanded 12 years in custody for Kononov. The Latvian Supreme Court pronounced Kononov guilty of war crimes in 2004, but he was released in the courtroom for having served the 20-month sentence. Last April Kononov filed a lawsuit at the European Court of Human Rights. He wants full acquittal.
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