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President of STF receives members of the Electoral Commission from Russia

Thursday, July 5th, 2012.

The President of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF), Chief Justice Ayres Britto, received today (July 5th), in audience, members of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation who are on an official visit to Brazil. The delegation includes the President of the Commission, Vladimir Tchurov, the president of the Electoral Commission of the Yaroslavl Region, S.A. Baburkin; and the vice president of the external affairs department of the Administration of the Central Election Commission, A. V. Kudachkin. The press aggregate of the Russian Embassy in Brazil, Eugenio Erin, accompanied the delegation.   

The group came to Brazil to learn details about the Brazilian electoral system, especially on the electronic ballot box. In September 2009, the Supreme Courts of the countries of the bloc known as BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at establishing mutual cooperation through the exchange of information and dissemination of activities in the framework of its competencies. Last week, the Minister Ayres Britto received a delegation of representatives of the Judiciary of the People's Republic of China.   

The Supreme Court of the Russian Federation is the governing body of the Judiciary of the country in Civil, Criminal, Administrative cases and others subject to general jurisdiction. It is up to the Supreme Court to exercise judicial supervision over the activities of other courts. The Supreme Court of Arbitration is the highest authority of the Judiciary that oversees economic disputes. In Russia, the magistrates of the Courts are independent, have immunity and can not be dismissed, having the obligation to obey the Constitution and federal laws.

The Court’s judicial processes at all levels are open to the public. The Constitutional Court has competence to judge acts of the Legislature and the Executive, as well as the Constitutions, statutes and laws of the republics-members of the Federation. Moreover, the Court also has competence to ratify international agreements; to resolve disputes between agencies of federal and local levels; to interpret the clauses of the Constitution; and to verify the constitutionality of new laws.

With information from the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Brazil

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