Published: 15 Oct 2015 | By Cornelia Klocker
Abakarova v Russia
Case No. 16664/07
Judgment date: 15 October 2015
The applicant, Ms. Taisa Abakarova, lived with her family in Zakan-Yurt, a village in the Achkhoy-Martan district of Chechnya. During the Second Chechen War, on 1 February 2000, insurgent fighters entered Zakan-Yurt and the area was subjected to Russian airstrikes. At the time of the events, the applicant was eight years old. The following day, the applicant’s family left Zakan-Yurt for the village of Katyr-Yurt, which was described as a ‘peace zone’. However, on 4 February 2000, airstrikes commenced in Katyr-Yurt and the family decided to leave. As they were leaving, their car was hit by shelling. The applicant was hospitalised for extensive burns on her face and hands, and fractures to her hip and shin bones. After a month in hospital, the applicant returned to Zakan-Yurt to live with her grandmother. At this time, she found out that all other members of her family who fled Katyr-Yurt on 4 February 2000 – her parents, her two brothers, her sister and a cousin – had died as a result of the airstrikes.
You can read the full case summary in the Summer 2016 Bulletin.