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British POW, who fought Putin’s troops in Ukraine, wins lawsuit against Russia

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Former British soldier Shaun Pinner, who fought in Ukraine and was captured in Mariupol in 2022, won a lawsuit against Russia for torture in captivity

This was reported by The Daily Mail.

The decision to compensate for torture in Russian captivity was made by the Solomyansky District Court in Kyiv, to which Pinner filed a lawsuit in October 2023. The amount of compensation has not yet been disclosed.

According to the Daily Mail, Russia may ignore this decision, but the case could set a precedent for other prisoners of war who may also file complaints against the aggressor country.

At the same time, Pinner himself said in a commentary to the publication that the decision of the Ukrainian court is only the first step. He intends to fight for justice in the British courts.

'This now sets a precedent for other victims of Russia's aggression. All the victims of war should and will be able to hold Russia accountable for what they have done.

'When Russia comes back into the real world they are going to have to settle these legal cases... It's not about now, but the future, next year, 10 years, 20 years' time.'

Pinner was awarded an Order of Courage by officials in Kyiv following his release from Russian captivity. 

Speaking to media last year, Pinner's legal team admitted the Kremlin was almost certain to ignore any court orders for compensation.

Aiden Aslin, one of the other Brits captured in Mariupol who once faced a death sentence, is expected to launch his case against Russia in a Ukrainian court next week. 

Pinner and Aslin were released from captivity in September 2022 after five months of detention. In an interview with The Daily Mail, they spoke about torture in Russian captivity. According to them, the torture could last for several hours: the prisoners were electrocuted, stabbed, and the execution was staged.




 
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