Attorney representing Russians in ECHR suspected of more fraud
MOSCOW, April 2 (RAPSI) – Six new cases have been opened against Taisiya Baskayeva, an attorney at the Moscow Regional Law Chamber who was arrested on 42 counts of fraud in late March, announced the North Ossetian department of the Russian Investigative Committee.
“According to investigators, on February 19, 2013 the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) awarded over 3.5 million rubles (about $99,300) to six former and current employees of the Russian Emergencies Ministry in the Republic of North Ossetia – Alania for serving in the republic's state-of-emergency region. Baskayeva, who represented them in the court, later transferred the money to her personal bank account under false pretences,” the statement reads.
Baskayeva was put on the international wanted list and subsequently arrested in the Moscow Region.
The European Convention on Human Rights, which outlines the powers of the court, came into force in Russia on May 5, 1998. As of 2012, Russia was ranked first in terms of the number of complaints filed with the court and 21st of 47 countries by the number of complaints per capita.
Valery Zorkin, chairman of Russia's Constitutional Court, has said that Russia had not delegated part of its sovereignty to the ECHR that would enable it to make decisions on changing Russian legislation. He said that Russia should not fulfill ECHR decisions if they run contrary to the Russian constitution.