People walk in front of the Russian State Duma (lower house of the Russian parliament) in central Moscow on May 26, 2022. Alexander NEMENOV / AFP
The Russian State Duma on Tuesday passed a pair of bills ending the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights in Russia, after Russia announced plans to leave the court amid the conflict in Ukraine.
The Russian parliament approved two bills, one removing the country from the jurisdiction of the court and another setting March 16 as the intersection, with rulings against Russia taken after that date not to be implemented.
Appeals to the ECHR had become a last resort for plaintiffs in several high-profile cases that had been rejected by Russian courts. In 2017, the court ordered Moscow to pay compensation to survivors of the Beslan school siege in 2004, which claimed errors on the part of the security services.
On 15 March, the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers decided to exclude Russia from the organization of which the ECHR is a part, in response to Russia’s deployment of troops to Ukraine in February.
Russia has said it independently decided to leave the Council of Europe, with former President Dmitry Medvedev saying Russia’s withdrawal from the organization represented an opportunity to restore the death penalty, which Council of Europe rules prohibit.
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The Russian parliament votes to leave the European Court of Human Rights
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