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This chapter discusses the progress, tensions, and perspectives of the Russia and European Human-Rights Law. On 7 October 2010, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) delivered its judgment in Konstantin Markin v. Russia. In this case involving discrimination based on gender in social-security matters in the Russian Army, the ECtHR found that Russia had violated the European Convention on Human Rights. Moreover, the ECtHR dismissed an earlier interpretation of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation and suggested that the Russian government, in order to comply with the European Convention, would need to initiate a legislative amendment in the State Duma. Upon the request of the Russian government, the Markin case was referred to the ECtHR's Grand Chamber. The chapter discusses the tension between Russian and non-Russian approaches to human-rights law.

Keywords: European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR); human-rights law; Markin case; Russian Army; Russian government



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