Families of Ukrainian climbers who were killed in Pakistan demand compensation


ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Families of Ukrainian climbers who were killed by terrorists in Nanaga Perbat Base camp, Pakistan, have demanded compensation in the amount of US$300,000 for each case of tragic death.

According to “The Ukrainian News,” the federation of mountaineering and rock-climbing of the Kharkov area has indicated that no compensation has been given to families of killed climbers from Pakistan or even from the Ukrainian government.

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The federation also claimed that the government of Pakistan responded with repeated refusals to the requests of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Ukraine to provide monetary compensation to the families of the lost climbers.

“Political ways of a solution have been used without results; there the lawyers, Stanislav Batrin and Oleg Berezyuk, representing interests of families have sent letters to top authorities of Pakistan including to the President, to the Senate, the government, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Communications, the Ministry of justice and Parliamentary Affairs, and also to the Public Prosecutor,” maintained the federation in its statement.

In the letter which was also signed by Tamara Svergun (who lost Igor Svergun’s wife), Oksana Morgun (who lost Dmitry Konyaev’s wife), and Arthur Kashayev (who lost Badavi Kashayev’s son), is the stated requirement to pay US$300,000 for each case of tragic death.

Lawyers intend to appeal in case of dissatisfaction of this requirement to judicial authorities and to the international community.

Batrin noted that this sum of compensation is adequate, proceeding from practice of the international law.

However, the legal solution of a question can be tightened for quite a long period.

The basis for trials is that the government of Pakistan which takes 4 thousand dollars of tourist collecting from each climber, didn’t fulfill the obligation to guarantee their safety.

If authors of the letter don’t receive from the Pakistan powers an answer within 1 month, they will file a lawsuit against the government of Pakistan.

On the night of June 23 in a basic camp on Nanga-Parbat in Gilgit-Baltistan’s region, terrorists killed climbers Igor Svergun, Badavi Kashayev, and Dmitry Konyaev – participants of an expedition of the Ukraine International Nanga Parbat Expedition – 2013.