The Supreme Court of the Russian Federation dismissed the claim prepared by a group of eco-activists against the climate policy of the Russian authorities. Relevant information has been on the website of the court on Thursday, September 22.
joint action On September 13, the Moscow Helsinki Group, the Ecodefence!-Women’s Council movement, as well as 18 Russian citizens filed. The plaintiffs intended to challenge the Decree of the President of Russia “On the Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions” and the Strategy for Social and Economic Development of the Russian Federation with Low Greenhouse Gas Emissions until 2050. As noted in the statement, the Russian climate strategy assumes an increase in greenhouse gas emissions until at least 2030, while under the Paris Agreement, the Russian Federation must reduce emissions. At the same time, an increase in greenhouse gas emissions violates the fundamental rights of Russians, including the right to life and the right to health care, the lawsuit states.
The representative of the plaintiffs, Grigory Vaypan, told Kedr.media that in case of refusal, the activists intend to apply to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Since the lawsuit was filed on September 13 – that is, three days before the Russian Federation ceased to be a party European Convention on Human Rights, – the ECtHR can consider the claim if it is rejected by the Russian court.