DISINFO: The ECHR makes all decisions based on its own anti-Russian logic of behavior
  • Outlet: ru.armeniasputnik.am (archived)*
  • Date of publication: September 16, 2019
  • Outlet language(s): Russian
  • Reported in: Issue 165
  • Countries / regions discussed: Russia
ECHR Anti-Russian

DISINFO: The ECHR makes all decisions based on its own anti-Russian logic of behavior


It is clear that the ECHR makes all decisions based on its own, clearly expressed anti-Russian logic of behavior. It is naive to believe that they would suddenly begin to act somehow differently. The ECHR has once again shown that this is not a court, but a bunch of swineherds in robes.


Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative denigrating the European Court of Human Rights. The disinformation message appeared after the ECHR upheld its earlier ruling that Soviet repressions against Lithuanian partisans can be treated as genocide. Earlier Lithuanian courts have found S. Drelingas guilty of genocide for his participation in a secret operation to detain Adolfas Ramanauskas-Vanagas, one of the leaders of Lithuanian partisans. In March, the ECHR ruled that the judgement did not violate the former KGB officer’s rights. Read more about the ruling in English and Lithuania. Read a similar case here. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is one of the Council of Europe’s institutions which safeguards human rights in Europe. Russia's voting rights in the CoE was restored mainly to support Russian citizens, because otherwise they would be deprived of the chance to defend their rights at the ECHR.The claim that the European Court of Human Rights is anti-Russian is ungrounded. Russia leads among other CoE member states in terms of pending cases in the ECHR with 11,750 cases currently pending. This is a total of 20.9% of the backlog of cases, the same report from the Court shows. It is followed by Romania (8,500 cases) and Ukraine (7,250 cases) and Turkey (7,107 cases). This figure does not mean anti-Russian bias as it just reflects the large numbers of applications lodged to the ECHR by the nationals of given CoE member states.


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