Vladimir Putin is sued by the families of those who died on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. The flight MH17 was shot down in July 2014 over a pro-Russian rebel territory in the Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board.
In the aftermath of the crash, the Ukrainian government stated that the Buk surface-to-air missile was launched by “Russian professionals and coordinated from Russia, with the direct orders from Russian authorities.”.
Australian law firm LHD Lawyers co-associate Jerry Skinner, who also represented the Lockerbie bombing families, has filed a compensation claim in the European Court of Human Rights.
The suit, names the Russian Federation and Putin as respondents, and is reportedly seeking $10 million (£7m) in compensation per passenger. An Australian coroner ruled that six Australians who died in the MH17 plane crash were victims of a ‘gross mass murder’.
The Dutch Safety Board concluded in its final report late last year that the aircraft was shot down by a Russian-made missile.