Russia will not comply with court decisions taken after March 15, when the country withdrew from the Council of Europe. Payments for previously made decisions will be made until January 1, 2023 =”Putin signed laws on non-execution of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights” />

Vladimir Putin

President Vladimir Putin signed laws on non-execution of decisions of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Changes have been made to the Code of Criminal Procedure and some federal laws. The State Duma approved the relevant bills on June 7, the Federation Council— the next day.

The new laws allow Russian courts not to enforce ECtHR decisions taken after March 15, when Russia decided to withdraw from the Council of Europe. Compensation payments under the decrees that came into force before this date will be made in rubles to accounts in Russian banks until the end of this year. The decisions of the Russian courts will take precedence over the judgments of the ECtHR.

On the night of March 15, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy prepared a “draft opinion” on with a call to exclude Russia, and in the afternoon, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov handed over to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe the decision to withdraw the country. The head of the Russian delegation to PACE, Petr Tolstoy, said that the organization exerted “unprecedented political and sanctions pressure” on Russia. and “in the midst of another anti-Russian discussion” in the assembly, Moscow decided to leave the Council of Europe.

The Foreign Ministry stressed that this decision “will not affect the rights and freedoms”; Russians, since the Constitution “establishes no less guarantees for them than the European Convention on Human Rights.”

After Russia's withdrawal from the Council of Europe, the ECtHR first suspended consideration of complaints against the country, but later announced that it would continue to consider them until September 16.

Chairman of the Russian Bar Association Sergei Stepashin announced in early June that an alternative was being created in the country ECHR, which will include representatives of the Ministry of Justice, the Investigative Committee and the presidential administration. The organization will be formed before the end of the month.

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