- Russian State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin has said Moscow will not consider itself bound by the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg if Russia is not allowed to participate in the selection of judges.Volodin made the comments in St. Petersburg on October 14 at the opening of a session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.
ECHR judges are selected by deputies of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).
On 10 October, ECHR has ruled that Russia’s authorities should pay 300,000 euros in compensation upon lawsuits of 20 Russian citizens, whose relatives were killed in Chechnya 17 years ago.
According to the court, 21 relatives of the applicants died on February 5, 2000 in the Novye Aldy settlement on the outskirts of Grozny during an operation carried out by security services. An investigation was launched, but it was not carried out properly.
The court “holds that there has been a violation of Article 2 of the Convention (on human rights) in respect of the failure to conduct an effective investigation into the deaths of the applicants’ relatives after November 2007.”
The ECHR ordered Russia to pay 15,000 euros to applicants and 2,500 euros to cover the costs incurred before the court.
Russia’s PACE delegation was stripped of its voting rights in April 2014 because of Moscow’s illegal annexation of the Ukrainian region of Crimea. Russia, in response, withdrew from all PACE activities. In June, Russia suspended its financial contributions to the Council of Europe.
On October 13, Russian Federation Council Chairwoman Valentina Matviyenko made a similar statement about the ECHR judges, saying that anyone chosen without Russia’s participation “will not be fully legitimate.”
Published 12:02 October 16, 2017
Updated 10:14 October 17, 2017
Russia to reject European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) if not allowed to select judges
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