Karinna Moskalenko on the Imitation of Justice

posted 11 Nov 2011, 00:21 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 11 Nov 2011, 00:54 ]
We are engaged in a form of simulation. It’s bad when the law is openly and flagrantly violated. Simulation, however, is terrible. We convince ourselves that we are breathing fresh air and drinking clean water; we pretend that we have free elections and a judicial system in Russia. Our lives have been totally engulfed by such simulation. We no longer live but are surrounded by naked self-deception.

"On 26 October 2011 Karinna Moskalenko and Anna Stavitskaya spoke in Moscow at the Strasburg Session, a monthly event where new developments in Europe-wide legal institutions are reported and discussed. Leading defence lawyers and associates of the International Protection Centre which organises the gatherings, Moskalenko and Stavitskaya gave an account of three Russian cases now before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). 

All three cases concern violations of fundamental rights enshrined in the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Basic Freedoms. Opening the meeting at the Independent Press Centre Karinna Moskalenko lamented the current state of the Russian judicial system. Defence lawyers who tried to work in such conditions faced a thankless task, she said: 

“We are engaged in a form of simulation. It’s bad when the law is openly and flagrantly violated. Simulation, however, is terrible. We convince ourselves that we are breathing fresh air and drinking clean water; we pretend that we have free elections and a judicial system in Russia. Our lives have been totally engulfed by such simulation. We no longer live but are surrounded by naked self-deception. [Read more]"

- from Vera Vasilyeva, 'On the Imitation of Justice: October’s “Strasbourg Session” in Moscow', HRO.org in English, translated from HRO.org, 27 October 2011

Karinna Moskalenko is one of Russia’s leading human rights lawyers. She won the first ever case against the Russian Federation at the European Court of Human Rights. She has represented, among others, Mikhail Khodorkovsky and the family of murdered journalist Anna Politkovskaya. Karinna Moskalenko, born in Baku, studied law at Leningrad State University (graduating in 1976) and later specialized in Human Rights at the University of Birmingham in the UK (graduating in 1994). She is the founding director of the International Protection Centre in Moscow that since 1994 has specialized in taking cases to the European Court of Human Rights. In 2010, she was awarded the The Ludovic-Trarieux International Human Rights Prize.

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