The speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko said that Russia will refuse to recognize the legitimacy of the decisions of the European court of human rights (ECHR) if it does not return the right to vote in the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).

“Next year will be election of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe. Today there is a realization that without the participation of any delegation in particular Russian, these elections were not fully legitimate. This applies to the election of judges of the ECHR,” she explained on air of TV channel “Russia 24″.

The question will be whether in this case, the illegitimacy of the decision of the ECtHR to the Russian authorities, the speaker of the upper house of Parliament said: “of Course, of course.”

Thus Matvienko added that the Assembly “is already well aware that without the participation of the Russian delegation to vote all these people (elected by the Council of Europe – Approx. will not be for us legitimate.”

“If the situation changes, and we will participate in the PACE with the month of January – that’s one approach, if not change, and the new PACE Chairman will be elected without the participation of the Russian delegation, then it is really seriously aggravating the situation of the organization,” – said the Russian parliamentarian.

The election of a new President of the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe will take place on Monday, October 9, the first day of the autumn session of the PACE held in Strasbourg, reminds TASS.

Last week it became known about the departure of the former Chairman of PACE Pedro Agramunt after the spring he visited Syria together with Russian parliamentarians, and then repented this act.

April 28, the PACE Bureau have expressed a vote of no confidence in Agramunt. Initiators of this step, referred to the fact that he had “lost the confidence” of colleagues. However, the list of duties of the PACE Bureau did not follow that it can pass a vote of no confidence in the President of the Assembly in connection with his visit or for other reasons.

The interim head of the PACE became a senior Vice Agramunt, first Deputy Chairman of the Assembly Roger Gale. As explained previously in the Assembly, Gail sings “these duties until the election of a new head of the PACE that will take place at the next session.”

The constitutional court of the Russian Federation in 2015 allowed not to abide by the judgments of the ECHR

In the summer of 2015, the Russian constitutional court issued a verdict at the request of deputies of the state Duma concerning the jurisdiction of the ECHR in Russia. According to the court, some decisions of the ECHR may not be implemented if they contradict the Constitution of Russia.

“Russia, as an exception may deviate from the performance falling short of its obligations if such a departure is the only possible way to avoid infringing on fundamental constitutional principles,” – said the verdict of the COP.

In this case the court stressed that Russia remains under the jurisdiction of the Strasbourg court. However, according to the verdict of the COP, the Convention on the protection of the rights and freedoms of the person, or, for example, based on the legal positions of the ECHR are to be implemented only under the condition of higher legal force – the Constitution.

The question of the performance or non-performance of decisions of the ECHR by the authorities of the Russian Federation has arisen after the sentence was given by the Yukos case. At the beginning of July 2015, in fact on the day of execution of the decision of the ECHR on Yukos, the members of the state Duma and the Federation Council asked the constitutional court to consolidate the supremacy of the Basic law over the decisions of the ECHR.

According to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, by the end of 2015 in Russia remained unexecuted 1549 ECHR decisions 20 decisions less than the year before. At that time, Russia’s share accounted for 16% of cases requiring the solution of systemic problems (associated with the control of actions of security forces, the conditions of detention, the efficiency of court practice and limitations of property rights), reminds “Kommersant”.

In June of this year, the speaker of the state Duma Vyacheslav Volodin has declared that Russia will not transfer to the budget of the Council of Europe of 11 million euros – approximately one third of its annual contribution.

The decision on incomplete payment of the contribution was made due to the fact that the delegation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation not actually participate in the work of PACE, because in April 2014 he was denied the right to vote, in the governing bodies of the Assembly and monitoring missions.

The PACE then accused Russia of escalation of the situation in the South-East of Ukraine and illegal annexation of Crimea. The issue of restoration of rights of the delegation was seen twice, but the sanctions remained in force.

In response, Russia said it would suspend its involvement in PACE activity until the end of 2015. In January 2016, the Russian delegation refused to apply for credentials for 2016.

In early 2017, the head of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Leonid Slutsky said that Russia will continue cooperation with PACE, but throughout the year to participate in plenary meetings and committees delegation would not.

Matviyenko: Russia will consider the decision of the ECHR is illegitimate if it does not return the right to vote in PACE 09.10.2017

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