Tanya Cooper: 'Refusing to implement European Court rulings would be yet another step toward preventing Russians from seeking justice for abuses at the hands of the authorities'

posted 3 Aug 2015, 08:11 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 3 Aug 2015, 08:13 ]
"Behind Bastrykin’s comments, presumably, is the Kremlin’s anger over a European Courtruling ordering Russia to pay 1.9 billion euro in compensation to shareholders of the oil company Yukos, formerly owned by Mikhail Khodorkovsky. The oil tycoon is Vladimir Putin’s arch-nemesis. The government’s statements that it won’t implement European Court rulings that are at odds with the Russian Constitution are of particular concern especially in light of the government’s sweeping assault on fundamental freedoms in recent years. The government has busied itself trying to gut Russia’s vibrant civil society, persecuting the LGBT community, and placing draconian restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly. Accompanying this assault has been an anti-Western campaign of hysteria unprecedented in its scale and pitch since the Soviet era. Refusing to implement European Court rulings would be yet another step toward preventing Russians from seeking justice for abuses at the hands of the authorities."

- Tanya Cooper, researcher, Human Rights Watch

Source: Tanya Cooper, 'Dispatches: European Court vs. Russian Constitution,' Human Rights Watch, 31 July 2015

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