Why is there no independent system of justice in Russia? Round table at Memorial

posted 14 Mar 2012, 12:38 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 14 Mar 2012, 12:39 ]
Vera Vasilieva, 12/03/12 

Source: HRO.org 

· The Courts  · Human rights defenders  · Moscow and Moscow Oblast 

A round table event was held at the offices of Memorial in Moscow entitled: "Independent courts or the ‘Basmannoe’ system of justice? [Footnote 1) Prospects for creating a state governed by the rule of law in Russia". The event was held within the framework of the "Democracy in Russia" project organised by the Levada Analytical Centre and Memorial. 

Questions discussed included: "What does the concept of an ‘independent court’ mean in practice?", "Does public demand for such courts exist in Russia and which groups might be capable of articulating such a demand?", "What are the main problems that Russian citizens encounter in the courts?", "What forms of public control over the judicial authorities are there?" [Read more]