ECHR to take up Ukrainian petrol station chain’s lawsuit against Russia
Ukraine’s Amic Energy petrol station chain has filed a lawsuit with the European Court of Human Rights against Russia, the company announced on Thursday.
Amic's lawsuit is based on Russia's violation of the European Convention on Human Rights, which guarantees "the right to peaceful enjoyment of [one’s] possessions."
Russia withdrew from the European Court of Human Rights last year, however, refusing to comply with its judgements.
"We hope that the Court will support our arguments, as well as other Ukrainian and international companies in Ukraine that have taken such a step," Günter Mayer, Managing Director of Amic Energy, was quoted as saying.
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Prior to Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Amic was one of the largest petrol station chains in Ukraine in terms of sales, with a 7.4 percent share of the retail fuel market in 2021.
Since February 2022, 36 of the chain's petrol stations have been damaged, looted or destroyed, including one of the largest oil depots in the town of Borodianka, in the Kyiv region.
In its lawsuit, Amic claims an estimated over UAH 300 million in damages, with final claims to be made "at the appropriate stage of the proceedings," the company’s statement read.
Earlier in April, Ukrainian businessman Rinat Akhmetov initiated arbitration proceedings against Russia for seized assets in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.