Putin signs law rejecting international courts’ verdicts

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has signed law that allows country’s Supreme Court to choose to nullify decisions of international human rights courts

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Russian President Vladimir Putin

Updated Dec 16, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law allowing its Constitutional Court to decide whether or not to fulfill verdicts given by international human rights courts, including the European Court of Human Rights.

The law was also approved by the State Duma and the Federation Council on Tuesday and was published on the government website.

The decision is seen to be a response to Moscow’s having lost the majority of important cases in international courts.

The law is taken after the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) declared in 2014 that Russia must pay a 1.9 billion euro ($2.09 billion) compensation to co-partner of the defunct Yukos oil company.

The ECHR had received 218 application for complaints against Russia in 2014. 122 cases had been concluded on Russian infractions against the European Convention on Human Rights such as the deportation of Georgian citizens in 2006 and holding of defendants in metal cages during hearings in Russia's courts.

Several human rights groups have accused Moscow of bombing a number of hospitals in Syria, killing hundreds of civilians and wounding thousands in the region.

Moscow continues to be criticised over its violation of human rights against Turks in Russia.

After a Russian Su-24 fighter jet that violated Turkish airspace was shot down by Turkish F-16s, Putin imposed sanctions on Turks and these have affected several Turkish students, businessman and employees who have been deported from Russia by the country’s authorities without giving satisfactory reasons.

TRTWorld and agencies