On the Imitation of Justice: October’s “Strasbourg Session” in Moscow

posted 7 Nov 2011, 05:05 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 7 Nov 2011, 05:22 ]

Vera Vasilyeva, 27/10/11

Source: HRO.org

· European Court of Human Rights   · The Courts  · Moscow city and Moscow region

On 26 October 2011 Karinna Moskalenko and Anna Stavitskaya spoke in Moscow at the Strasburg Session, a monthly event where new developments in Europe-wide legal institutions are reported and discussed. Leading defence lawyers and associates of the International Protection Centre which organises the gatherings, Moskalenko and Stavitskaya gave an account of three Russian cases now before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).

All three cases concern violations of fundamental rights enshrined in the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Basic Freedoms. Opening the meeting at the Independent Press Centre Karinna Moskalenko lamented the current state of the Russian judicial system. Defence lawyers who tried to work in such conditions faced a thankless task, she said:

“We are engaged in a form of simulation. It’s bad when the law is openly and flagrantly violated. Simulation, however, is terrible. We convince ourselves that we are breathing fresh air and drinking clean water; we pretend that we have free elections and a judicial system in Russia. Our lives have been totally engulfed by such simulation. We no longer live but are surrounded by naked self-deception.”  [Read more]