Russian activist files constitutional complaint over Crimean annexation

Graffiti with Crimea painted in colors of the Russian flag

Graffiti with Crimea painted in colors of the Russian flag 

2015/06/30 • Crimea, Russia

On June 30, Mikhail Anshakov, chairman of the consumer rights society Public Control (OZPP) filed a complaint with the Constitutional Court over the law on Crimea joining Russia. According to him, the law violates the fourth part of Article 15 of the Russian Constitution, namely the principle of the rule of international law.

Anshakov and his two co-applicants, Valeriy Otstavnykh and Constantin Seleznev, said their argument is based on Clause 4 of Article 15 of the Russian Constitution, which says that “universally recognized principles and norms of international law as well as international agreements of the Russian Federation shall be an integral part of its legal system. If an international agreement of the Russian Federation establishes rules that differ from those stipulated by law, then the rules of the international agreement shall apply.”

The complaint was filed after the Russian Justice Ministry refused to register an international public movement called Union in Support of Russian-Ukrainian Friendship. As the appeal to the Constitutional Court states, “the movement includes a department on the territory of a foreign state – Republic of Crimea (Ukraine).”

“An international Russian-Ukrainian border agreement reads that the territory of the peninsula, which incorporates the Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol, is an integral part of Ukraine,” Anshakov said.

On 8 June 2015, consumer rights society headed by Anshakov published a memo for the Russian tourist in Crimea. It stated that according to international law Crimea has the status of an occupied territory. The organization recommended that tourists seek Ukraine’s permission before undertaking trips to Crimea. This memo angered Putin himself, on June 22 access to the site with the memo was blocked by the Russian media control agency Roskomnadzor, and the General Prosecutor demanded a criminal probe be launched with regards to the consumer rights society.

Translated by: Nata Abbott
Source: tvrain.ru
Source: meduza.io

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  • Nowhere Girl

    “The complaint was filed after Justice Ministry refused to register an
    international public movement called Union in Support of
    Russian-Ukrainian Friendship. As the
    appeal to the Constitutional Court states, “the movement includes a
    department on the territory of a foreign state – Republic of Crimea
    (Ukraine).”
    Sorry, did I understand it right – is Russia claiming that “Krymnenash” when it’s still useful for something, such as a possibility not to register such a civic organization, which is of course always suspicious for Russia??

  • Dagwood Bumstead

    Poinless action. The Russian Constitutional Court will reject the complaint, or find that the annexation was fully in accordance with Russian and international law. Russian judges are rubber stamp garden gnomes who will do as the Kremlin directs. The Constitutional Court is no different.

    • Sergey Tokarev

      Annexation was in accordance with any law imaginable. (Lipspalm)

      • Dagwood Bumstead

        Since Dwarfstan, or Karlikstan if you prefer, is a lawless country where Newton’s law on gravity is the only law that has any validity, your statement has no value whatsoever, old boy. The law in Dwarfstan is what the demented dwarf says it is- today this, tomorrow that, next week something else again. The country is rotten to the core.
        Dwarfstan had better start saving, because it will soon find out that civilised countries take the law very seriously indeed and it will have all its assets seized if it doesn’t comply with the Yukos verdicts. They alone will cost Dwarfstan some $52 billion. You can expect to be paid in samogon for your work at the St Petersburg Troll Factory, as REAL vodka will be too expensive- which the demented dwarf won’t be able to afford for very much longer.

  • Dalton

    I doubt he’ll live til the case is heard.. I’m sure another “chechnyan” will conveniently take care of him. Cough.

    • Sergey Tokarev

      We should allow such worms to crawl until COCOM-grade sanctions. The police should protect these species in a meantime. (Lipspalm)

  • Gryzelda Wrr, Polish Emirates

    Bravo!

    • http://northpole.com/ Drunk Bear

      Do you know who he is?

      • Gryzelda Wrr, Polish Emirates

        I guess you will say he is a traitor :)

        • http://northpole.com/ Drunk Bear

          Wrong guess. Why would I?

          • Gryzelda Wrr, Polish Emirates

            Because for some incomprehensible reason you don’t want to admit that the annexation of Crimea was illegal.

          • http://northpole.com/ Drunk Bear

            Why are you trying to disappoint me?
            I thought I had clearly stated my position to you. And this position does not approve of Crimea annexation.
            Damn, I really didn’t expect that.

          • Gryzelda Wrr, Polish Emirates

            I’m never tired of hearing it again :) I gave you an opportunity of proving your honesty :)

          • http://northpole.com/ Drunk Bear
          • Gryzelda Wrr, Polish Emirates

            Your Polish is getting better and better :)

          • http://northpole.com/ Drunk Bear

            Chciałbym nauczyć się wielu języków, ale nie mam wolnego czasu.

          • Gryzelda Wrr, Polish Emirates

            Gorzej, jak się nauczysz wielu języków, a przez Putina nigdzie nie będziesz mógł wyjechać:) W każdym razie nie jedź w tym roku na Krym, bo Ci wizy do krajów Schengen nie dadzą :)

          • http://northpole.com/ Drunk Bear

            Nie sobirayayus na Krymie teraz. Poczekam, aż sytuacja się uspokoi. Jestem lepiej pójdę do Niemiec do krewnych żony.

          • Gryzelda Wrr, Polish Emirates

            “Nie wybieram się na Krym teraz. Poczekam, aż sytuacja się uspokoi. Lepiej pojadę do Niemiec do krewnych żony”.
            But generally your Polish is impressive 😉 And this is a very smart decision.

          • Geralt von Riva
          • Gryzelda Wrr, Polish Emirates

            What about our travel plans? I have made my mind. I am going to quit from my job this month. In September I’ll be a free person :) I think it would be great to begin my new life of an unemployed with a holiday :)

          • http://northpole.com/ Drunk Bear

            I did that 3 years ago. Now I work for myself.
            And now I don’t have any holidays. But I am free!!!

          • Gryzelda Wrr, Polish Emirates

            I used to work on my own too. But I was dependent on the Spanish market, and as we all know the Spanish market plummeted a few years ago.

          • Geralt von Riva

            yes. i have to wait for my passport. we modernisized and now we have to wait longer for it^^.
            i have 2 weeks hollyday in the begin of september. next week i have also 2 weeks hollyday, so i have a bit more time, because i will mostly stay at home for house.

          • Gryzelda Wrr, Polish Emirates

            I waited 5 days :) But I have to admit that I lied a bit to speed the procedure up 😉

          • Geralt von Riva

            last time one could go to the gov and wait some hours. now one can only make appointments by internet 4-5 weeks in the future. very modern^^

          • Gryzelda Wrr, Polish Emirates

            Interesting. Without lying it takes about 2 weeks here:) But we are an backward country;)

          • Geralt von Riva

            now you know why i like poland^^

          • Sergey Tokarev

            Hi Your Majesty! Didn’t you promise me to keep updated with the toll of Red Army raping spree victims? Any new cases?

          • Sergey Tokarev

            ‘And this position does not approve of Crimea annexation.’ – what kind of views could possibly lead to such position?