Russia withdrew from the Council of Europe in mid-March, and the State Duma will pass laws within a week that will allow not to comply with the decisions of the ECtHR. According to the Council, Russia owes about €74 million in fair compensation under the decisions of the ECtHR jpg” alt=”Council of Europe announced Russia's debt of €74 million in ECtHR compensation” />
Russia owes about €74 million in fair compensation according to decisions of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) without taking into account a record €1.9 billion in favor of former Yukos shareholders, the Kommersant newspaper was told. at the press office of the Council of Europe.
The total number of Russian cases before the ECtHR (since the accession of our country to the European Convention on Human Rights) was 3395. The total amount awarded by the court to applicants against Russia amounted to €2.02 billion.
This figure includes about €1.9 billion in the Yukos Oil Company v. Russia case, which Russia did not pay. Excluding this case, the amount of payments awarded amounted to €148 million, of which €74 million have been paid so far, the press service explained.
At the same time, fair compensation has not been paid in more than 800 individual cases, as well as in the case of “Georgia v. Russia”, concerning the arrest, detention and deportation of Georgian citizens from Russia in 2006-2007. The amount of compensation awarded in this case amounted to €10 million, the Council of Europe added.
Editor-in-Chief of the Bulletin of the ECtHR Yuri Berestnev told Kommersant that Russia may not recognize these decisions of the ECtHR, but there is a risk of trying to “pay” these funds from frozen Russian assets. At the same time, according to him, the amount of debt of €74 million should be considered rather conditional.
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On March 15, the Russian Foreign Ministry notified the Council of Europe of its decision to withdraw from the organization. The head of the Russian delegation to PACE, Petr Tolstoy, then said that Russia left the Council of Europe of its own free will, the decision was “weighted and considered.” The next day, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe voted to exclude Russia. The ECHR stated that it would continue to consider allegations of violations of rights by Russia that occurred before September 16, 2022.
In addition, Russia announced its intention to denounce the European Convention on Human Rights. The country will cease to be a party to the document from 16 September. Also, the State Duma will adopt laws within a week that will allow not to execute the decisions of the ECHR, said the speaker of the lower house of parliament Vyacheslav Volodin.
As Sergey Stepashin, chairman of the Russian Bar Association, said in early June, an alternative option is currently being developed in Russia European Court of Human Rights. The working group headed by Stepashin will include representatives of the Ministry of Justice, the Investigative Committee, the presidential administration, it will be formed before the end of June.
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