The Supreme Court refused to accept the claim of the children of victims of Stalinist terror to the State Duma on the right to housing, according to card cases on the court website.
In the lawsuit, they demand to comply with the law of 1991 and the decision of the Constitutional Court of Russia from 2019. The 1991 Law “On the Rehabilitation of Victims of Political Repression” obliged the state to compensate the victims of repression, including providing free housing in those cities where the repressed lived before their arrest. In 2019, the Russian Constitutional Court ordered the State Duma to immediately amend the law in order to guarantee the children of those repressed during Stalin’s times the realization of their rights.
For what reason the court refused to accept the claim is unknown. Lawyer Grigory Vaypan told Sever. Realities that the motives will become known from the text of the definition, which the plaintiffs have not yet received. In any case, they will appeal against it in all instances up to the Constitutional Court.
According to Vaypan, the lawsuit has already partially achieved its goal, because the leadership of the State Duma promised resume work on the bill and take into account the opinion of the children of the repressed.
This is a bill that was submitted to the State Duma by the Russian government in July 2020. It said that the children of victims of the Stalinist terror would be included in the general queue and would be able to get housing in 25-30 years. The bill managed to pass the first reading, but after public criticism it was removed from the second. Since then, it has not been considered. In addition, a group of deputies proposed amendments to the bill, according to which the children of the repressed should receive federal payments for housing. These amendments would have made it possible to execute the ruling of the Constitutional Court, but they were also left in the State Duma without progress.
UN did a letter to the Russian authorities, in which she called for two years to provide the children of the repressed with compensation for housing, which they illegally lost during the years of Soviet repression.