Justice Ministry: Russia has no reasons for now to appeal ECHR ruling

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April 16, 2012, 3:41 p.m. | Russia and former Soviet Union — by Interfax-Ukraine
Moscow, April 16 - Russia does not plan to appeal the European Court of Human Rights' Katyn ruling for now, Andrei Fyodorov, the chief of the office of Russia's ECHR envoy, told Interfax.
"Since violation of Article 2 of the European Convention [on the mandatory resumption of the Katyn case investigation), which is the key aspect of this lawsuit, has not been acknowledged by the court, this gives reasons to believe that the ruling is in Russia's favor, and, of accordingly, there is no need to appeal it," Fyodorov said.

But he said that the final decision on whether the verdict will or will not be appealed will be made within the established there-months' time, after the document is thoroughly examined.

The ECHR ruled that the mass execution of Polish POWs in the Soviet Union in 1940 was a war crime, but it did not find any new evidence to compel Russia to restart the investigation.
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