Russia’s Relations with the European Court of Human Rights in the Aftermath of the Markin Decision: Debating the “Backlash”

  • Galina A. NelaevaEmail author
  • Elena A. Khabarova
  • Natalia V. Sidorova


Russia’s relations with the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) since the time of Russia’s accession to the Council of Europe (CoE) have received a lot of attention on the part of academic scholars, practitioners, and media. Research on the ECtHR became especially important in the context of the twentieth anniversary of Russia’s acceptance of ECtHR jurisdiction that coincided with the unprecedented worsening of relations between Russia and the European countries due to the 2014 Crimea annexation. With voices that consistently advocate Russia’s exit from the CoE (and, consequently, withdrawal from the ECtHR jurisdiction), we believe it necessary to examine Russia-ECtHR relations as they are (re)presented in the academic narrative. Drawing mostly on Russian-language sources, we want to highlight the variety of overarching themes and arguments relating to the crisis caused by the 2015 Constitutional Court Decision. We would like to examine various dimensions of this “crisis,” in order to be able to conclude whether Russia’s reaction to the Markin case and cases of non-compliance that followed was indeed part of a broader strategy of “backlash against international courts” we are currently witnessing worldwide. In the conditions when Russia’s exit from the Council of Europe is as likely as ever, the possibility of the “snowball effect” on the part of other member states threatens undermine the very raison d’être of the European human rights protection system.


European court of human rights European convention of human rights and fundamental freedoms Backlash 



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Galina A. Nelaeva
    • 1
    Email author
  • Elena A. Khabarova
    • 2
  • Natalia V. Sidorova
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Modern History and World Politics, Institute of Social Sciences and HumanitiesUniversity of TyumenTyumenRussia
  2. 2.Department of Criminal Law and Procedure, Institute of State and LawUniversity of TyumenTyumenRussia
  3. 3.Department of Criminal Law and Procedure, Institute of State and LawUniversity of TyumenTyumenRussia

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