Ukraine’s richest man Monday filed a lawsuit with the European Court of Human Rights against Russia for “grievous violations of his property rights during Russia’s unprovoked aggression against Ukraine.” Rinat Akhmetov, a Ukrainian businessman who owns much of the country’s manufacturing infrastructure, claims he has lost billions of dollars in business since Russia’s invasion began
Akhmetov’s announcement highlighted both the ongoing human rights violations and the destruction of infrastructure committed by Russia. He wrote:
In addition to the incalculable human suffering it has caused, Russia’s invasion has resulted in massive destruction of Ukraine’s infrastructure. The bombardment of the Azovstal steel complex in Mariupol by Russian artillery seeking to eliminate the last vestiges of Ukrainian resistance in that city has become an international symbol of Russia’s contempt for international law and human rights.
As the owner of the Azovstal steel complex, Akhmetov has suffered estimated billions of dollars in both property and profit loss as a direct result of Russia’s invasion. This suit is one of the first initiated by a private individual against Russia for its invasion into Ukraine. Akhmetov stated multiple times throughout the announcement that he hopes the court will award him damages so that Ukraine can begin to rebuild.