Supreme Court Seeking Authority to Try Claims to Russia
Russia’s Supreme Court is elaborating a federal constitutional bill authorizing its judges to try suits of citizens filed against the state, RIA Novosti reported with reference to Vladimir Davydov, one of the spokesmen of Supreme Court.
Should this bill become a law, the citizens of Russia would be able to lodge complaints re: the RF government’s failure to meet requirements of the European Convention on Human Rights not only to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg but also to the Supreme Court of Russia.
The new law will shorten the period of claims’ consideration, said Veronika Milinchuk, who is Russia’s authorized envoy at the European Court. Today’s practice is waiting for awards for two or three years. Secondly, this law, if passed, will lower two or three fold the burden on Strasbourg Court.
The Strasbourg Court annually receives up to 20,000 claims from the Russians standing for their rights violated by the state. These claims account for 22 percent of all cases tried by the European Court.