Poland disappointed with ruling over 1940 massacre
ReutersWARSAW--The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Monday it was unable to judge whether Russia's investigation into the 1940 Katyn killings of Polish war prisoners was insufficient.
October 22, 2013, 12:06 am TWN
An estimated 22,000 Polish military officers and intellectuals were killed Katyn. After blaming Nazi Germany for the Katyn massacre for decades, the Soviet Union admitted in April 1990 that its forces were responsible. But none of the culprits have ever been identified and investigations have been shelved.
Relatives of those murdered by the Soviet secret police during World War II claimed that the 1990-2004 investigation by Russian authorities into the massacre was “inadequate.”
But the court said it lacked jurisdiction to judge on the matter because the Katyn massacre took place before the adoption of the European Convention on Human Rights in 1950.