Today 18 July 2019, Thursday - Last updated at ora 16:50
Abonamente

News 20 March 2019, at 07:33

Dainius Žalimas The Role of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation and Its Chairman Valery Zorkin in the Annexation of Crimea

Marime Font

On this day five years ago the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation adopted - over one night - the decision (opinion) that allowed for the annexation of a part of Ukrainian territory - the Crimean penninsula. Thus, the decision of 19 March 2014 contributed to the commission of an act of aggression against Ukraine - an international crime.

Such an attack on the territorial integrity and on the sovereignity of a foreign state is unprecedented amongst constitutional courts and the judiciary in general. Never before has a constitutional court threatened international peace and security.

Had the Russian court acted in compliance with the rule of law, it could have precluded the annexation and stopped the escalation of further aggression. As it acted to the contrary, every single judge who sat on the latter bench now bears the legal and moral responsibility for this crime and all of its consequences. In the future, the legal responsibility will inevitably involve criminal responsibility for the crime of aggression. The moral responsibility is even wider in scope, as the decision of 19 March 2014 ultimately led to all of the victims of the still ongoing Russian aggression against Ukraine.


During the past five years, I have used every opportunity I had to bring attention to this criminal act and will continue to do so in the future. I have also always strongly encouraged and will continuously urge Ukrainian judges and lawyers to do their part.

For more on the role of the Russian Constitutional Court in the annexation of Crimea see the INFORMATION BRIEF On the Role of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation and Its Chairman Valery Zorkin in the Annexation of Crimea

Dainius Žalimas 
The President of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Lithuania

  
  



blog comments powered by Disqus

Din aceeaşi secţiune

Cele mai noi ştiri de azi

News 17 July 2019, at: 18:10

Moldova’s foreign minister Nicu Popescu has said that his country “would love to join” the European Union and that the wish is supported by a broad social consensus. He added, however, that Moldova wants to preserve good relations with Russia.

( ) Read all

News 17 July 2019, ora: 18:07

Bloomberg.com - New Cabinet Pledges ‘Quiet Revolution’ Against Graft in Moldova

Bloomberg.com - New Cabinet Pledges ‘Quiet Revolution’ Against Graft in Moldova

Natalia Gavrilita used to run a charity. Now she’s finance minister of a country that has become a byword for corruption and says her modest goal is just to make it normal. That will be a lot harder than it sounds.

( ) Read all

News 16 July 2019, ora: 18:06

Merkel Urges Moldova To Speed Up Reform Pace

Merkel Urges Moldova To Speed Up Reform Pace

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged Moldova's new pro-European government to continue on the path of reforms and step up the fight against widespread corruption, saying Berlin would offer Chisinau its support.

( ) Read all

News 14 July 2019, at: 08:46

Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale congratulated Moldova's new prime minister, Maia Sandu, and expressed U.S. support for her government during a July 13 meeting in the Moldovan capital.

( ) Read all

News 11 July 2019, at: 18:24

 Transnistria cannot remain a kind of a “sovereign entity” over which the great powers politely agree to disagree.

( ) Read all

News 11 July 2019, at: 13:07

ITALY's Matteo Salvini was hit by protests in the Italian Parliament as officials savaged the deputy Prime Minister following allegations of a secret oil deal with Russia.

( ) Read all

News 8 July 2019, at: 18:39

The first batch of oil from the USA arrived at the port of the Ukrainian city of Odesa. According to the press service of the port, 75 thousand tons of Bakken grade oil was purchased by PJSC Ukrtatnafta and will be processed at the Kremenchuk oil refinery.

( ) Read all

News 8 July 2019, at: 18:06

Moldovan Prime Minister Maia Sandu will make an official visit to Ukraine on July 11.

( ) Read all

News 8 July 2019, at: 07:51

 BRUSSELS — The European Union launched an ambitious effort earlier this year to combat election interference: an early-warning system that would sound alarms about Russian propaganda. Despite high expectations, however, records show that the system has become a repository for a...

( ) Read all

News 5 July 2019, at: 10:54

 Lithuania did not breach EU law when it introduced restrictions on a Russian TV channel for incitement to hatred, the European Union Court of Justice ruled on Thursday.

( ) Read all

News 4 July 2019, at: 09:10

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed Prime Minister Maia Sandu of the Republic of Moldova to NATO Headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday (3 July 2019).

( ) Read all

News 1 July 2019, at: 12:57

Two days ago, the Council of Europe voted to ignore its own warnings about Russian aggression and human rights violations. Putin invaded Georgia and Ukraine, illegally annexed Crimea, and has spent 20 years destroying democracy in Russia. The CoE, including French and German support, has rewarded...

( ) Read all

News 1 July 2019, at: 11:17

Maia Sandu, the new prime minister of Moldova, vowed that stronger ties with the European Union and cracking down on the abuse of power by the country’s oligarchs are the top priorities of her new government.

( ) Read all

News 30 June 2019, ora: 12:01

New York Times: As Putin pushes a merger, Belarus resists with language, culture and history

New York Times: As Putin pushes a merger, Belarus resists with language, culture and history

 With his vulnerable country under mounting pressure to integrate with Russia, its much bigger and stronger neighbor, a Belarusian poet and television presenter has identified what he thinks is potent weapon of defense: an inch-tall piece of carved deer antler.

( ) Read all

News 29 June 2019, ora: 09:01

The Washington Post: Wait — why are the U.S., Russia and the E.U. suddenly cooperating in Moldova?

The Washington Post: Wait — why are the U.S., Russia and the E.U. suddenly cooperating in Moldova?

And can the government they installed survive?

( ) Read all

News 29 June 2019, ora: 08:55

The Wall Street Journal: Tiny Moldova Fears Russia is Playing a Long Game

The Wall Street Journal: Tiny Moldova Fears Russia is Playing a Long Game

For years, Europe’s poorest country has been torn between Russia and the West—and Moscow still has the upper hand

( ) Read all

News 27 June 2019, at: 08:23

Moldova’s new PM sets pro-Western course

Moldova’s new PM sets pro-Western course

 Maia Sandu also warns of Moscow’s attempts to maintain influence in the small nation.

( ) Read all

News 26 June 2019, ora: 11:33

The Guardian Ukraine walks out of Europe human rights body as Russia returns

Ukraine walks out of Europe human rights body as Russia returns

 The Ukrainian delegation at the parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe has walked out in protest after Russian MPs were allowed to return to the human rights body five years after the annexation of Crimea.

( ) Read all

News 26 June 2019, ora: 10:33

Transnistria’s leader calls for Russian peacekeepers’ continued presence in the region

Transnistria’s leader calls for Russian peacekeepers’ continued presence in the region

Russian peacekeepers were deployed to the conflict zone on July 29, 1992

( ) Read all

News 25 June 2019, ora: 16:04

Georgia, Ukraine and the Baltic States opposes decision in Council of Europe as Russia may regain voting right

Georgia, Ukraine and the Baltic States opposes decision in Council of Europe as Russia may regain voting right

 Georgia, Ukraine and the Baltic States opposed the decision of the Committee of Ministers at Deputy Level in the Council of Europe (CoE) held during the CoE Helsinki ministerial this week, which spoke in favor [1,2 points] of Russia regaining its voting right in the council of which it was...

( ) Read all

News 24 June 2019, at: 10:04

Moldova's European course established by the Constitution has to be maintained!

Moldova's European course established by the Constitution has to be maintained!

On 21 of June, the Venice Commission adopted the Opinion regarding the constitutional crisis in Moldova, i.e. on the dissolution of the Parliament (see the referrence below). More precisely, it was one of the rare cases when the Commission directly and critically assessed the acts (decisions,...

( ) Read all

News 23 June 2019, ora: 10:27

Platon's offer behind the bars - $ 5 million for anyone in PAS, PPDA, or PSRM who gets him out of jail

Platon's offer behind the bars - $ 5 million for anyone in PAS, PPDA, or PSRM who gets him out of jail

The No.1 raider in CSI has had a very suspicious behavior in the last days. It was expected that Platon, as his prison friend, the former Prime Minister Vlad Filat, would take advantage of the change of the Governance in order to come back to the fore, by placing himself in a "innocent...

( ) Read all

News 21 June 2019, ora: 14:26

Venice Commission: the dissolution of parliament in the Republic of Moldova did not meet the required conditions

Venice Commission: the dissolution of parliament in the Republic of Moldova did not meet the required conditions

 In an opinion adopted today, the Council of Europe’s constitutional law experts, the Venice Commission, found that the conditions for the dissolution of parliament clearly did not exist in the Republic of Moldova on 7 or 8 June 2019.

( ) Read all

News 21 June 2019, ora: 12:26

Financial Times Europe must find its will to power

Europe must find its will to power

“How many divisions does the Pope have?” was supposedly how Joseph Stalin dismissed the notion that the Vatican’s wishes should be taken into account.

( ) Read all

News 21 June 2019, ora: 11:13

Protests erupt in Georgia over Russian MP’s visit

Protests erupt in Georgia over Russian MP’s visit

 A Russian lawmaker taking the podium in Georgia’s parliament on June 20 caused thousands of angry Georgians to take the streets, accusing the ruling party of collaborating with archenemy Russia.

( ) Read all
Current tier / breakpoint: xs sm md lg xl (= visible only on this breakpoint)

.hidden-xs-down .hidden-sm-down .hidden-md-down .hidden-lg-down

.hidden-xs-up .hidden-sm-up .hidden-md-up .hidden-lg-up .hidden-xl

.hidden-xs (only) .hidden-sm (only) .hidden-md (only) .hidden-lg (only) .hidden-xl (only)