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Bastrykin proposes removing priority of international law from Constitution (TV Dozhd)

posted 4 Mar 2015, 12:24 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 4 Mar 2015, 12:26 ]
26 February 2015

Source: TV Dozhd 

Head of the Investigative Committee, Aleksandr Bastrykin, has proposed removing the priority of international over law from the Constitution since he considers that it harms the interests of Russia, Interfax reported on Thursday, 26 February.

In his report, Bastrykin said that the principle of the priority of international law over national law only works against the interests of Russia and "ably used by our Western opponents."

"It seems that the elimination of these instances, figuratively speaking, of legal and regulatory sabotage will strengthen the independence of the Russian Federation in the field of law, and return it to the best traditions of domestic proceedings," said the head of the Investigative Committee.

The head of the Presidential Council on Human Rights, Mikhail Fedotov, sees the initiative as untimely.

"It cannot be done. To implement this idea, it is necessary to adopt a new Constitution. I think that now is not the time to do it, "- he said.

Earlier Bastrykin, speaking at a meeting of the Investigative Committee’s to officials, had proposed limiting currency speculation to prevent the collapse of the ruble.

Translated by Faina Babintseva