Lawyer of former chairperson of the Party of Regions parliamentary faction in the Verkhovna Rada Oleksandr Yefremov, Andrii Smirnov forecasts that the European Court of Human Rights will consider a complaint against Ukraine in half a year minimum, or maybe in a year (in 2018). Smirnov told this to the Ukrainian News Agency. The lawyer added that Ukraine currently is a leader of complaints filed with the European Court of Human Rights, with over 35,000 claims already filed against the country. "We have plenty of undeniable facts in our favor, including the unlawful detention of Yefremov, which unlawfulness was established by the Appeal Court of Kyiv. We are confident the court will rule in our favor against the State of Ukraine. This will entail responsibility of certain official figures, including prosecutors," he said. As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, on January 16, the Starobilskyi District Court of Luhansk region started to consider the case against Yefremov. On January 4, 2017, the Prosecutor General's Office handed over to court indictment of Yefremov charged with separatism, high treason, organization of illegal seizure of the Luhansk District State Administration, assistance in the attempt to seize the Security Services and creation of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic.