Russia Cuts off ECHR Decisions Issued after March 15

Tuesday, 7 June 2022

The Russian State Duma has passed two bills in the second and third readings on ending the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in the country.

According to the bills, the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights issued after March 15, 2022, are not enforceable in Russia anymore.

Co-author of the initiatives, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on State Building and Legislation Pavel Krasheninnikov noted that to ensure and protect the rights of Russian citizens and not to create a "vacuum" in the implementation of decisions, one of the adopted bills provides that until January 1 The Prosecutor General's Office of the Russian Federation may pay monetary compensation to the applicant according to the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights issued before March 15, 2022.

They will pay only in rubles and only to accounts in Russian banks.

The parliament has also made amendments to certain provisions of the procedural legislation of the Russian Federation concerning the review of judicial acts adopted by Russian courts based on ECHR rulings. "Russian courts will not review their decisions based on ECHR rulings," Krasheninnikov said.

The second bill excludes from the Criminal Procedure Code of the Russian Federation the provision that ECHR rulings are grounds for revocation of court decisions that have entered into force, and to resume criminal proceedings due to new or newly discovered circumstances, said the deputy.

He believes that Russia's membership in the Council of Europe and the opportunity for citizens to apply to the European Court of Human Rights "was positive" but has recently become highly politicized.

"After the termination of membership in the Council of Europe, it is necessary to legalize this fact and amend the relevant legislation of the Russian Federation, whether someone likes it or not," said Krasheninnikov.

Russia's decision means that in the future, it will not implement the important decisions of the European Court of Human Rights on Ukraine - in interstate cases pending before the court.

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