Former Prime Minister Mykola Azarov is preparing a new lawsuit on recognition of events in Ukraine in 2014 as a coup d’état.

The Rescue Committee of Ukraine is preparing a suit in the international European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. The goal is to recognize the events in Ukraine in February 2014 as a coup. This was reported to the Izvestia by the head of the committee, former Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov. According to him, the text of the application is almost ready, and the lawsuit will be filed soon. Experts doubt that the initiative will lead to political results, but consider it to be important historically.

“We are just now engaged in filing a lawsuit in one of the international courts. The question is very carefully studied, since it is rather difficult – many different nuances need to be taken into account. We (in the Rescue Committee of Ukraine – “Izvestia”) created a special group that studies this problem. Probably, this will be the international European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. I will not say a specific time, but the filing of the claim is at the final stage,” Mykola Azarov told Izvestia.

The main question is what goals are pursued by the Rescue Committee of Ukraine. If we assume that the international court will decide in favor of the applicants, the authorities in Kiev will still not change this. The Maidan is a period followed by presidential and parliamentary elections recognized by the world community, including Russia. Most likely, we are talking about an attempt to restore the personal reputation of the “injured” politicians and once again remind the international community about how the current leaders in Kiev appeared on the Ukrainian political Olympus.

Leading researcher at the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies Oleg Nemensky told Izvestia that there will be no political consequences from filing a suit with the international court.

“Politics are not managed through changing the view of history. You can argue that the king in some century did something wrong, but nothing can be changed already. This is indeed rather a historical issue, about the protection of honor and dignity,” said the political scientist.

The president of the Center for System Analysis and Forecasting, Rostislav Ishchenko, doubted that the Rescue Committee of Ukraine should file lawsuits in courts. After all, this process will not open any prospects for ex-politicians of Ukraine. According to him, “with the same success, the relatives of Nicholas II could file suits in international courts,” but it is unlikely that this helped them.

In any case, the Rescue Committee of Ukraine intends to bring the matter to an end. It is extremely important to the ex-leaders that the statements about the coup d’etat were given a legal justification. Although it is difficult to interpret the Maidan in any other way. In fact, the current Kiev leadership came to power over tires and barricades.

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