2021-01-27 13:33:00

Senators approve Family Code amendments declaring supremacy of Russian Constitution, moral principles over int'l law

Moscow, January 27, Interfax - The Federation Council approved the law, which declares the supremacy of the Russian Constitution and moral principles over international law in the Russian Family Code at its meeting on Wednesday.

At the moment, the Family Code recognizes the supremacy of international law over Russian family norms and regulations unless they are mutually contradictory. The bill specifies and augments the norm with the provision, according to which the rules laid down by an international agreement shall not apply in an interpretation that contravenes the Russian Constitution and "fundamentals of law, order, and morality". The contradiction can be fixed in the procedure prescribed by the constitutional law.

"The reason why fundamentals of law, order, and morality are mentioned in this article besides the Russian Constitution is that family relations are a special area of legal regulation, where moral values prevail," the bill's explanatory note said.

The initiative will remove a number of contradictions between Russian laws and international agreements, including the issue of same-sex marriages, Pavel Krasheninnikov, head of the State Duma Committee on State Building and Legislation, said.

There is a possibility of legal collisions arising from Russia's international agreement with countries, "which recognize such marriages," Krasheninnikov said. He noted that such collisions had already been reported from Russian multifunctional public services centers in the course of registration procedures.

The question whether a particular international agreement contravenes the Russian Constitution and "the principles of law, order, and morality" will be answered by the Russian Constitutional Court.