- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday signed a law allowing Russia’s Constitutional Court to decide whether or not to implement the ruling handed down by international human rights courts.

Under the new law, the Russian court can overturn decisions of the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) if it deems them unconstitutional, Reuters reported.

Human rights activists have said the Russia law is meant to impede the victims of human rights violations from seeking justice through an international court system.

Valery Zorkin, the head of the Russian Constitutional Court, told Mr. Putin on Monday that Russia was in favor of “dialogue” to discuss potential concerns with the new law.

“I don’t see any problem there, I think that people are worrying for nothing,” Mr. Zorkin said, Reuters reported.

The ECHR said it had received 218 complaints against Russia in 2014 and that it had found 122 cases in which Moscow had violated the European Convention on Human Rights, including the deportation of Georgian citizens in 2006 and the incarceration of defendants in metal cages during Russian court hearings.

Moscow has come under fire from several human rights groups in recent months claiming that Russia has bombed multiple hospitals in Syria, killing hundreds of civilians. Russia has denied the claims.

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