Russian Constitutional Court in 2021: reformed to stay the same?

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Author: Olga Kryazhkova

DOI: 10.21128/1812-7126-2022-3-163-174

Keywords: Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation; constitutional reform of 2020; statistical indicators of the work of the Constitutional Court; composition of the Constitutional Court; amicus curiae


The article summarizes the work of the Russian Constitutional Court in 2021. The author has been doing this systematically since 2018. The changes in the Federal constitutional law “On the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation” and the Rules of the Constitutional Court are analyzed. The dynamics of key statistical indicators of the Court’s activity is considered: the number of appeals, the number of the most significant decisions (decrees, rulings on clarification of decrees and positive rulings), categories of cases, types of final conclusions in decrees, oral and written format of legal proceedings. The change in the composition of the Constitutional Court is recorded. It is concluded that the transformation of the status of the Court during the constitutional reform of 2020 has not yet had a fundamental impact on its activities. The dominant trends that characterize its appearance were formed earlier. The exception is the rejection of the institution of amicus curiae, which has become a truly new line in the interaction between the Constitutional Court and society.

About the author: Olga Kryazhkova – Candidate of Sciences (Ph.D.) in Law, Associate Professor, Russian State University of Justice, Moscow, Russia.

Citation: Kryazhkova O. (2022) Rossiyskiy Konstitutsionnyy Sud v 2021 godu: reformirovan, chtoby ne me­ nyat’sya? [Russian Constitutional Court in 2021: reformed to stay the same?]. Sravnitel’noe konstitutsionnoe obozrenie, vol. 31, no. 3, pp. 163–174. (In Russian).


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