FBK Legal’s Partner Alexander Ermolenko has spoken at a conference titled “Russia’s Constitutional Identity: Challenges and Markers”, which was organised by the All-Russian State University of Justice.
Alexander Ermolenko dedicated his speech to an internal constitution and its role in the formation of a country governed by the rule of law. He mentioned that people’s perception of power, government and civil liberties is often far from what is written in the supreme law of the country. And it is true not only for Russia — a mismatch of that kind is common and is called “a fictitious constitution”.
“We believe in one things, but in official social conventions try to declare completely different things, which we actually don’t accept and don’t fully understand. But this is impossible to abide by the law that you don’t understand,” Alexander Ermolenko said.