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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn the matter regarding fair remuneration, the European Court of Human Rights has ordered Latvia to pay compensation worth more than EUR 1 million.

This ruling was announced in the ‘Vistiņš and Perepyolkin against Latvia’. It was decided that the compensation paid to Jānis Vistiņš and Gennady Perepyolkin for the forcefully alienated real estate property located in Riga Freeport’s territory in 1997 unjustifiably limits the plaintiffs’ rights to property, as reported by Foreign Ministry’s press-service department.

Spokeswoman for the Latvian Cabinet of Ministers in international human rights institutions Kristīne Līce has confirmed that this will be the largest compensation the European Court of Human Rights has ever ordered Latvia to pay. She notes that this is the first Latvian case in which the ECHR assessed the alienation of property. Compensation amounts are usually the largest in such cases.

Vistiņš asked the ECHR to secure him a compensation of a total of EUR 1,173,913. Perepyolkin asked for EUR 6,460,441. These amounts include the cadastral value of the alienated properties and moral compensation of EUR 10,000 for the plaintiffs.

This Tuesday, March 25th, with 12 votes ‘in favour’ and 5 votes ‘against’ the ECHR partially satisfied the plaintiffs’ claim for fair remuneration, providing Vistiņš EUR 339,392 and EUR 871,271 for Perepyolkin. Both were provided with moral compensation of EUR 3,000 and court expense coverage of EUR 1,500.

The ruling of the court is final and is not subject to appeal.

Following the denationalization of a number of properties in Latvia, Citizens of Latvia Vistiņš and Perepyolkin had acquired five pieces of land located within the territory of Riga Freeport in 1994. On July 1st, 1997, the territory in question had been introduced with the Freeport’s regime, and it was necessary to sort out matters of property and management as soon as possible.

Transport Ministry tried to reach an agreement to buy back these properties, setting the remuneration amount in accordance with cadastral value estimated in 1940, but this attempt had no effect. Following the approval of Cabinet regulations and special law on October 14th, 1998, ‘Latvijas Hipotēku un zemes banka’ opened accounts for the two plaintiffs. These accounts were soon transferred remuneration for the alienated properties. The amounts of compensation the two had received was calculated based on cadastral value of these properties in 1940. Perepyolkin was paid LVL 8,616 and Vistiņš was paid LVL 548.

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