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Russia’s high court to announce decision on MPs inquiry into applying ECHR judgments

July 14, 2015, 9:01 UTC+3 ST.PETERSBURG

By ratifying the European Convention on Human Rights in 1996, Russia accepted the jurisdiction of the ECHR and committed itself to implement its decisions

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ST.PETERSBURG, July 14. /TASS/. Russia's Constitutional Court is due to announce its decision Tuesday on the inquiry from a group of deputies of the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, on applying the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) judgments in Russia.

The MPs challenge a range of norms of the existing legislation which they believe "oblige the courts and other state bodies to implement the ECHR decision unconditionally even against the Russian main law," according to the high court’s website.

"As a result, the State Duma deputies believe that the executor of the law is put into a deadlock situation as such a collision may be unsolved. On that basis, they consider that the contested norms do not comply with the Constitution of the Russian Federation," the court says.

The first deputy chairman of the State Duma’s budget and taxes committee, Alexander Tarnavsky told TASS earlier the MPs from all the factions asked the Constitutional Court on June 11 to explain to what extent the rulings pronounced by the Strasbourg court might be applicable in Russia if they have nothing to do with the constitutional norms and decisions by Russia’s high court.

"The legislators who put their signatures to the query argue that a number of ECHR resolutions pursue the ultimate aim of eroding the boundaries of Russia’s state sovereignty, based on the supremacy of the Russian Constitution and the priority of the jurisdiction of the Russian Constitutional Court as the sole body of state power authorized to exercise constitutional supervision," Tarnavsky explained.

In February 1996, Russia signed the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and a number of respective protocols. By ratifying these agreements, the country accepted the jurisdiction of the ECHR and committed itself to implement its decisions.

The respective provisions were later included in a range of laws and codes making the ECHR rulings the ground for revising the earlier announced court decisions.

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