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Constitutionally Relevant Imperfections of Judicial Authority in the Russian Federation


Fundamental drawbacks of the current domestic organizational and legal framework of all three components of judicial authority are considered—structure, proceedings, and status—which are in one way or another inconsistent with the provisions of article 10, part 1 of article 19, part 5 of article 32, part 1 of article 46, part 1 of article 47, clause “l” of part 1 of article 72, part 2 of article 118, and parts 2 and 3 of article 128 of the Russian Constitution. In the author’s opinion, local changes in individual legislative regulations and adjustments of law enforcement practices would not remedy the situation. Scientifically secured development, approval, and implementation of a state project under the working title “A Fair Trial” are necessary to modernize radically and intricately the entire mechanism of Russian justice, which is comparable in scale with the Judicial Reform of 1864.

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    Interestingly, addressing a plenary meeting of the Constitutional Conference on June 5, 1993, B.N. Yeltsin, without discarding the idea of this state institution, proposed only to change approaches to its formation [4, pp. 519, 523]. The black days of October 1993 crossed out this fruitful idea.

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    This proposal was not passed, apparently, due to an attempt to entrust this body with court functions: the consideration of disputes on case jurisdiction between the Constitutional, Supreme, and Supreme Arbitration courts of the Russian Federation, which would require amendments to the Russian Constitution.

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    Justification of the need for this body and an outline for it, for its authority, and other aspects are proposed by the author in [5].

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    Apropos, the draft Federal Law On Digital Financial Assets, published on January 25, 2018, on the portal of the Russian Ministry of Finance, defines mining as “the extraction of cryptocurrencies by solving mathematical problems” and refers it to entrepreneurial activity. Does it mean that individuals unregistered as individual entrepreneurs have no right to mining? However, there is court practice on this issue already.

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    For example, the draft Law On the Introduction of Amendments to Federal Constitutional Laws Associated with the Creation of Cassational Courts of General Jurisdiction and Appeal Courts of General Jurisdiction, registered in the State Duma under the number 374020-7.


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Kleandrov, M.I. Constitutionally Relevant Imperfections of Judicial Authority in the Russian Federation. Her. Russ. Acad. Sci. 88, 413–422 (2018).

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  • court
  • judicial authority
  • justice mechanism
  • fundamental drawbacks
  • constitutionally relevant imperfections
  • state project “A Fair Trial”