European court blames Russia for fatal shooting of Moldovan

AP News
Posted: Apr 21, 2015 11:15 AM

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Europe's top human rights court has ordered Russia to pay damages for the fatal shooting of a Moldovan man in 2012.

Vadim Pisari, 18, was killed by a Russian soldier on Jan.1, 2012 as he was driving across a bridge in a part of Moldova where Russian, Moldovan and Trans-Dniester peacekeepers were stationed.

The court says Pisari failed to slow for a checkpoint and crashed through a barrier, and a Russian soldier responded by first firing in the air, then directly at the car.

The European Court for Human Rights on Tuesday said the soldier's "decision to shoot at the passing vehicle had not been justified." It ordered Russia to pay 25,000 euros ($27,000) damages and about 5,500 euros ($5,900) legal costs to Pisari's family.

Moldovan Justice Minister Vladimir Grosu said the ruling showed there should be no foreign armed forces in the pro-Russian breakaway republic of Trans-Dniester, which broke away from Moldova in 1990. About 1,500 Russian peacekeepers are stationed in the region, which is not internationally recognized.

"Again, we have the discussion of Russian armed forces on Moldovan territory," he said, adding we need to replace "the armed forces with a civilian mission."