The Fate of the Russian Constitutional Court under the 2020 Constitutional Amendments

The 2020 amendments to the Russian Constitution significantly affect the status of the Constitutional Court and its judges. The amendments decrease the number of judges from 19 to 11, provide for the new procedure for dismissal of judges and vest the Court with the power to check the constitutionality of draft laws. This paper discusses the grave consequences of those amendments for the independence of the Constitutional Court and for those who seek justice before it.