THE 1993 RUSSIAN LAW ON CITIZENS' APPEALS Jane Henderson Centre of European Law, Kings College London 1. Introduction On 27 April 1993 the Russian Supreme Soviet passed the "Law of the Russian Federation on appealing to a court actions and decisions violating the rights and freedoms of citizens"', to go into force on 12 May. The law gave citizens a general right of appeal to a court against maladministration. This brief preface to a translation of the new law is intended to summarize and explain its main features. 7.7 Background History Abuse of power by state agencies and officials is clearly not a new phenom- enon in Russia, and throughout much of the Soviet era there was concern as to how best to deal with the citizens' complaints which resulted from it. There was disagreement between the advocates of judicial control over administrative activities ("administrative justice") and those who favoured control by other means, such as internal review or procuratorial supervision. The debate raged with greater or lesser intensity according to the prevalent political climates 2 By the 1970's, the desirability of a right to appeal to a court was taken more seriously, despite continuing ideological reservations that
Review of Central and East European Law – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1995
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