Moscow urges Estonia to step up inquiry into Russian citizen's murder ({{commentsTotal}})

People laying flowers at the former site of the Bronze Soldier in the Tõnismäe area of Tallinn on the anniversary of the Bronze Night riots.
People laying flowers at the former site of the Bronze Soldier in the Tõnismäe area of Tallinn on the anniversary of the Bronze Night riots. Source: (Mihkel Maripuu/Postimees/Scanpix)

Moscow has urged Tallinn to step up the inquiry into the 2007 murder of Russian citizen Dmitry Ganin as the statute of limitations on the crime is set to expire in April 2017.

According to Russian Foreign Ministry Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law Konstantin Dolgov, Moscow considers the inaction on the part of Estonian authorities regarding the case of the murder of Russian citizen Dmitry Ganin in 2007 negligent and is urging Tallinn to cooperate with Russian law enforcement bodies to achieve results before the crimes statute of limitations is up next spring.

The actions of Estonian authorities, law enforcement bodies and the judicial system cannot be qualified as anything other than aiding unlawfulness and negligence and as a violation of national laws and Estonia's international obligations, claimed the commissioner.

Ganin died of a stab wound in Tallinn on the night of April 26, 2007, during the riots sparked by the relocation of a Red Army soldier monument, known as the Bronze Soldier, from the city center to Tallinn's military cemetery. Subsequent investigation by the Estonian authorities failed to identify the victim's killer.

Editor: Editor: Aili Vahtla

Source: BNS



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