The State Duma of the Russian Federation adopted in the second and third readings a bill on non-execution of decisions of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), which entered into force after March 15. Document published on the website of the State Duma.
The version of the bill adopted in the first reading stated that Russia refuses to comply with ECtHR judgments issued after March 15. The final version of the law also provides for the refusal to execute decisions that came into force after this date, but were issued earlier.
The bill also provides that the payment of monetary compensation under the rulings of the European Court of Human Rights will now be made only in rubles and cannot be made to the accounts of banks in “unfriendly countries.”
How declared State Duma Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin, European Court of Human Rights “became an instrument of political struggle against our country in the hands of Western politicians.” He cited as an example the fact that last year the ECtHR demanded that Russia legalize same-sex marriages. “We cannot agree with this,” Volodin stressed.
16 March Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe decided to exclude Russia from the Council of Europe. This is the first time in the council’s history that a country has been expelled from there. In Russia, the European Convention on Human Rights will cease to operate, and citizens will not be able to apply to the ECHR for protection – often this was the only way to defend their rights.
On March 23, the ECHR reported that the court resumed consideration of complaints against Russia and Russians will be able to file applications with the ECHR until September 16, 2022, when the Russian Federation loses its status as a party to the European Convention on Human Rights.
Russia currently owes about 74 million euros in fair compensation under the decisions of the ECtHR, and this does not include 1.9 billion in favor of the former shareholders of Yukos.