291 people have joined the lawsuit against Russia and President Vladimir Putin in connection with the crash of the MN17 flight in the European Court of Human Rights, lawyer Jerry Skinner said in an interview with Russia's Echo of Moscow website, Interfax Ukraine reported.
“We started work with a small number of citizens of Malaysia and Australia who I had established contact with from the very beginning. Now, a large number of relatives of the victims have joined us, and our lawsuit has become the largest one. As of today, it includes 291 people together with the relatives,” Skinner said.
The claim exceeds $330 million. Skinner said that he seeks $10 million for each victim on behalf of the relatives of the people killed in the crash.
The passenger plane, Malaysia Airlines' MH17 Boeing 777, carrying out the flight MH17 Amsterdam (the Netherlands) - Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), was shot down in the sky over Donetsk region on July 17, 2014. All 298 passengers on board died.
On September 28, 2016, in the Netherlands, the Joint Investigation Team presented the results of the criminal investigation of the causes of the disaster. According to the findings of the JIT, the airliner MH17 was shot down by a 9M38 missile launched from the BUK-TELAR missile system from an farm field in the area of Pervomaisk, eastern Ukraine. It should be noted that this area was under the control of pro-Russian militants. It also follows from the investigation that the missile system BUK-TELAR was delivered to Ukraine from Russia and after it was use in the attack on the airliner of the MH17 flight was again returned to Russia.