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Russian court overturns acquittal of soldiers in Chechnya killings

[JURIST] The Russian Supreme Court Tuesday overturned the acquittal of four Russian soldiers [JURIST report] in the 2002 murder of six Chechen civilians [Amnesty International report]. The acquittal was overturned due to criminal procedure violations, and Judge Alexander Koronets ordered the case sent back to the same military court that has twice acquitted the soldiers. Captain Eduard Ulman and three subordinates have been found not guilty by two different juries, but rights groups have said that the verdicts reflect an atmosphere where Russian troops fighting Chechen separatists can abuse civilians without fear of punishment. Only one high-ranking Russian military officer has ever been convicted for abusing civilians during the 10-year war. Reuters has more. MosNews has local coverage.

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