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Clearing Constitutional Court of Too Independent Judges

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“Vertical of power” is hardening its grip over the Constitutional Court. Kommersant reports today that two members of the Court were punished by their fellow judges for public criticism of the Russian judiciary system and the lack of democracy in general.

Vladimir Yaroslavtsev had to resign yesterday from the Council of Judges of the Russian Federation and its praesidium, a self-regulatory body of the Russian judiciary. The reason for that was his August interview with El Pais, in which he harshly criticised the political system built by Vladimir Putin. “The judiciary power in Russia during Vladimir Putin’s and Dmitry Medvedev’s presidencial terms has become a tool used by the executive power,” he claimed. “I feel like I’m standing at the ruins of justice,” the judge concluded.

Another member of the Constitutional Court, Anatoly Kononov, even has to resign from the court because of his public critical position. For a long time, he was opposing many undemocratic decisions of the court by declaring his individual opinion (the right a Constitutional Court judge legally has). He has also criticised these decisions (including the Court’s refusal to examine the cases of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Natalia Morari) in the press. He also tried to defend judge Yaroslavtsev and to oppose the new order of selecting the Chairman of the Constitutional Court (he is now appointed by the President and the Senate instead of being elected by the judges themselves, as it used to be). As a result, he was forced by his colleagues to resign from his post for “undermining the authority of the judiciary system.”


Written by Oleg Kozlovsky

December 2, 2009 at 13:03

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  1. This is great blogging you are doing Oleg! Molodets! You are turning into a leader among English Russia bloggers.

    This is truely a new low in neo-Soviet atrocity. Does Oborona plan any protest action regarding it?

    La Russophobe

    December 2, 2009 at 16:19

  2. La Russophobe

    December 3, 2009 at 01:36

  3. The Moscow Times has more details about the judges:


    Wonder if the mainstream media in the West will take its head out of the sand and cover this story.

    La Russophobe

    December 3, 2009 at 12:58

  4. Dear OLeg! I am from UKraine living in the U.S. since 1996. I work for Russian-language and Ukrainian language newspapers there and my field is Russian regime, its crimes and Dissenters. Also, recently I started my own blog: http://russiaeurasianews.blogspot.com/
    I would like to share information and ideas with you. Thank you for bravety and great English skills!
    Also, I would put your URL on my blog.

    Nadezhda Banchik

    December 4, 2009 at 00:17

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