Chief investigator of Russia gave a speech during the 11th Derzhavin Readings.
He was a guest at the roundtable titled “Interrelation of National and International Law in the Practice of CIS Countries”. Joining him were Rector Ilshat Gafurov, Prime Minister of Tatarstan Ildar Khalikov, and Rector of the Russian Law Academy Olga Aleksandrova.
Mr. Bastrykin said, “Today international law practices of 40 – 50 years ago are not efficient. Even the UN resolutions don’t amount to much in the modern world. And some of the law principles of today are even a threat”.
The main conundrum, said the Chairman, is that many international law principles are included in the Russian legal system. Some of the principles that were included are in fact debatable.
He said that it's time to seriously mull over the interrelation of national and international norms in the Russian laws and how national interests fit into that framework. This work includes revisiting some of the treaties signed in recent decades.
He also touched upon the role of an investigator in the contemporary criminal law. Chairman Bastrykin thinks it would be better to return to pre-revolutionary practice where an investigator was a neutral side and not a representative of prosecution.
He concluded with praising the work of the Investigative Committee of Tatarstan. It was revealed that Tatarstani investigators are ranked third among 85 Russian regions.
Derzhavin Readings conclude today, November 26th. It was confirmed that they will henceforth be held in Kazan annually. Next year’s iteration, as Rector Gafurov mentioned, will include international presence.