TOP LEGAL EVENTS OF THE LAST WEEK
Russia withdrew from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on September 16, 2022. The paradoxical situation arose around the ECHR's decision to grant Russia's claims against Ukraine regarding the MH17 Boeing crash. The decision to dismiss Russia's complaint was made due to a "lack of communication" from the plaintiff's side. The court concluded that the Russian government no longer wishes to have its complaint considered as it repeatedly failed to respond to its correspondence. However, the Kremlin's propaganda instantly seized on this story, portraying it as a vivid example of injustice in international justice towards Russia and conveniently omitting the essence of the decision itself.
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) rejected Russia's complaint against Ukraine regarding the MH17 Boeing crash. The ECHR, located in Strasbourg, dismissed the claims brought by the Russian Federation against Ukraine. The ECHR also denied other demands of Russia, including the request to compel Ukraine to resume water supply to Crimea and lift restrictions on using the Russian language.
Putin will not attend the BRICS summit due to the threat of arrest. The office of South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will represent Russia at the BRICS summit in the country. President Vladimir Putin, who may face the risk of arrest under an International Criminal Court (ICC) order, will not travel to the summit.
Authorities will be able to prosecute for old posts on social media. A bill was introduced in the State Duma that introduces criminal liability for "justifying extremism." In its current form, the document will allow the authorities to hold individuals criminally responsible for posts written many years ago.
In Russia, the maximum age of military reserve service is being increased. The State Duma approved in the second reading a bill to raise the maximum age of service in reserve by five years for citizens holding military ranks of soldiers, sailors, sergeants, petty officers, warrant officers, and midshipmen.