This is not just propaganda. Why Russia filed a lawsuit against Ukraine

Vitaly Portnikov

In Russia, there was an attempt to use the European Court of Human Rights not only for propaganda, but also for very specific decisions.

The European Court of Human Rights ( ECtHR), to which Russia has lodged its first interstate complaint in its history – of course against Ukraine  – has denied Russia urgent interim action on the lawsuit.

When the details of the Russian complaint were made public, observers assessed it as a set of propaganda stamps that appeared in the Russian information space after the Ukrainian Maidan in 2013-2014. This includes the deaths of people during the Maidan and “as a result of shelling of the adjacent territory of Russia”, suppression of freedom of speech and persecution of dissidents, discrimination against the Russian-speaking population and Russian business, blocking the North Crimean canal and even і responsibility for the death of Malaysian Boeing 777 in 2014.

It was obvious that Russia’s main goal was to use the future process as a propaganda alternative to the processes that take place after Ukraine’s complaints against Russia. One of the most important decisions of recent times has been the court’s recognition of the validity of the Ukrainian complaint against Crimea – in particular, regarding the illegal imposition of Russian citizenship on Crimean residents, raids by security forces on private homes, expropriation of property without compensation and suppression of non-Russian media and Ukrainian language. schools of the peninsula.

However, Russia has tried to use the ECtHR not only for propaganda, but also for very specific decisions. Interim precautionary measures were intended to oblige Ukraine to stop blocking the flow of water to the Crimea and to stop restricting the rights of national and linguistic minorities. And the ECtHR refused to do so ” due to the lack of a real risk of irreparable damage to the fundamental right arising from the European Convention on Human Rights”. And this once again demonstrated that the world lives in its own reality, and Russia – in its own.

In this Russian reality, just on the day of the court hearing, Russia extradited to Belarus the athlete Alexei Kudin, who opposed the regime of Alexander Lukashenko. Although the decision of the European Court of Human Rights unequivocally forbade Russia to do so. And in this Russian reality, on the day the ECtHR ruled on precautionary measures, several more independent journalists were announced as foreign agents in Russia.

The situation really looks paradoxical. Russia demonstratively does not comply with the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights – but at the same time complains to the European Court of Human Rights about Ukraine. Russia extradites political prisoners – but accuses Ukraine of human rights abuses. Russia puts pressure on the independent media – but blames Ukraine for it. Russian leaders have repeatedly stated that water from the North Crimean canal of the peninsula is absolutely not needed – and now they want to bring Ukraine to justice for the “blockade of Crimea.” And there are plenty of such logical inconsistencies in the Kremlin’s actions.

Sometimes it seems that this is not just propaganda. That Russian leaders have convinced themselves that lies are true and are genuinely surprised when international institutions refuse to participate in their game.

(c) HB

2 comments

  • “Russia extradited to Belarus the athlete Alexei Kudin, who opposed the regime of Alexander Lukashenko. Although the decision of the European Court of Human Rights unequivocally forbade Russia to do so.”

    The response from this useless organisation was predictable. Turn the other way and pretend you saw nothing. This ECHR is just another spineless entity that should have kicked Russia out of it years ago, and not allowed it to come back.

    Liked by 3 people

  • onlyfactsplease

    “Russia demonstratively does not comply with the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights – but at the same time complains to the European Court of Human Rights about Ukraine.”
    What does this tell us? Two things:
    Mafia land is inhabited by monkeys.
    The ECHR is a circus show.
    Make that three things…
    Monkeys and circuses go well together.

    Liked by 1 person

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