Right to Vote and the Right to have the Last Word: Russia and the European Court of Human Rights Facing Political Rights

Russia is used to be one of the main “targets” of the ECtHR. The context of political rights, guaranteed especially by Art. 3 of Protocol 1, is particularly relevant in showing the development of the relationship between the constitutional dimension and the ECHR within the Russian legal order. Within this context, a systematization of the case-law concerning Art. 3 of Protocol 1 (the right to passive electorate; to active electorate, focusing especially on prisoners’ right to vote; and to the democratic and electoral process) will be provided, in order to assessing the impact of the ECtHR’s case-law on the Russian legal order and citizens’ rights, by verifying whether and how the former contributes to redesign both constitutional and legislative framework of the latter.