Citizen Rights in Russia


CitizenRights in Russia

Citizens’Rights in Russia

Everycitizen in Russia enjoys various rights and freedoms as provided forby chapter two of the constitution. Provision of rights is inaccordance to the universal principles and international law. Inaddition, Russian citizen can only exercise these rights and freedomsin accordance with the current constitution. Note that theconstitution is the supreme reference of any law and dictates mode ofgovernance within the country. Provision of citizen rights in theconstitution demonstrates the recognition of paramount need offreedom by every individual in Russia (Berlin, 2008, pg 136).Existence of rights ensures that individuals live in a free andhabitable society where law establishes and sustains theircomfortable and peaceful co-existence among themselves.

Articleseventeen of the constitution provides that every citizen hasinalienable rights and freedoms which take effect at the time ofbirth. It also states that one cannot exercise his or her rights atthe expense of other people’s rights. Berlinobserves thatthis provision ensures effective check on the exercise of rightswhereby no one would cause any harm or discomfort to others inpursuit of his personal interest. Such limitation is necessary forensuring orderly co-existence among Russian citizens (Berlin, 2008,pg142). It avoids confusion of the law, especially where one claimsto exercise his rights while at the same time causing potential harmto others.

Theexistence and exercise of the citizen rights and freedoms form thecore basis of governance in Russia. These rights determine thegovernment operations in terms of legislative and executive mandate.Human rights guide exercise of authority by any arm of thegovernment, hence ensuring no violation happens. The constitutionprovides that the administration of justice shall adhere to citizenrights. In other words, there is adequate protection of rights andfreedoms in Russia.


Berlin,Isaiah. (2008) “A Remarkable decade: The Birth of the RussianIntelligentisa.” In Russian Thinkers.Eds. Henry Hardy and Aileen Kelly. New York, NY: Penguin: 130-154.