He called the issue of the possibility of Russia’s withdrawal from the ECHR complex, added that “nothing can not be ruled out”, but assured that this possibility is not seriously discussed yet.
“We, as lawyers, see our advantages in recognizing the jurisdiction of the ECHR,” said the head of the Ministry of Justice.
At the same time, he recalled that in recent years the Strasbourg Court “has been showing more and more actively” “negative approaches” that are unacceptable for Russia. With this, he promised to fight “by legal means, including in the context of the ECHR reform”.
In July 2015, the Russian Constitutional Court gave itself the right, at the request of the government or the president, to determine whether Russia should abide by the ECHR’s decisions. This decision of the Constitutional Court was adopted by the appeal of 92 State Duma deputies who sought refusal to pay compensation of 1.9 billion euros, which the ECHR awarded to Russia on the suit of YUKOS shareholders.
In December 2015, a law came into force giving the Constitutional Court the right to assess whether the implementation of the ECHR judgments in Russia is possible.
In April 2016, the Constitutional Court decided for the first time that the ECHR decision can not be enforced in Russia. It concerned the lawsuits of Russians serving their sentence, for the right to vote in elections and to be elected.
In October 2017, Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matvienko admitted that Russia would stop recognizing the ECHR’s decisions as legitimate if next year the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) did not return the powers of the Russian delegation, which was deprived of the right to vote in 2014 because of the Crimea and Ukraine.
State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin then explained that Russia would not recognize the ECHR decision unless it participated in the selection of judges. But he assured that Moscow is not going to slam the door in the conflict with the PACE.
Russia can denounce the European Convention on Human Rights and cease cooperation with the ECHR if this court does not correct the current policy, as a result of which it makes anti-Russian decisions. This was reported in March by RIA Novosti with reference to sources in the relevant departments.
In 2017, the ECHR found the trial of Aleksei and Oleg Navalny in the case of Yves Rocher unfair, and in April 2018 the Presidium of the Supreme Court of Russia resumed the trial of the Yves Rocher case against the Naval brothers, but refused to revoke the verdict.