Recently, the Committee of Ministers called for the securing of the long-term effectiveness of the supervisory mechanism of the European Convention on Human Rights (ETS No. 5) by inviting States “to fully execute the Court’s judgments”. In this context, the recent request of the Russian MPs to the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation to evaluate the possibility of recognising the enforcement of decisions of the European Court of Human Rights as being contradictory to the provisions of the Constitution is a matter of great concern.
Russia de facto openly opposes the rules of the international legal order and explicitly refuses to fulfil its obligations.
European States should strengthen mutual solidarity on issues related to the protection of the rule of law. We should support the resolute actions of States in respect of the execution of foreign and international judgments. The recent alienation of Russian property in compensation owed to Yukos shareholders by the judgments of international judicial bodies should be recognised as good practice. The same alienation shall take place to enforce Ukrainian and other courts’ judgments obliging the aggressor to compensate damages and to respect European values.