Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin signs law allowing to overturn European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) verdict!

Vladmir Putin
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has signed a law that will enable the Russian court to overturn decisions of the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) if it deems them unconstitutional. Putin signed the law which was recently passed by the State Duma and the Federation Council on December 15.

The law is seen by many as a response to the Russian government’s having lost several high-profile cases brought against it at international courts. Human Rights Watch however has said the law is designed to thwart the ability of victims of human rights violations in Russia to find justice through international bodies.

The law comes after the ECHR ruled in 2014 that Russia must pay a 1.9 billion euro ($2.09 billion) award to shareholders of the defunct Yukos oil company, a verdict that added to financial pressure on Moscow as it struggles with shrinking revenues due to tumbling oil prices and Western sanctions.

Russia’s parliament approved the new bill last week and Putin signed it into law on Monday. Valery Zorkin, the head of Russian Constitutional Court, told Putin on Monday that Russia was in favour of “dialogue” in case there was a problem. “I don’t see any problem there, I think that people are worrying for nothing,” Zorkin said.

Details on the law can be obtained from the Russian government website.

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