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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Judge: Court Likely Will Back Yeltsin




The one of five impeachment charges against President Boris Yeltsin with a chance of winning parliamentary approval will almost certainly be shot down by Russia's Constitutional Court, a court justice said Sunday.


Constitutional Court Justice Nikolai Vitruk said the charge - that Yeltsin should be impeached for launching Russia's 1994-96 war against Chechnya - contradicts an earlier ruling by the court that Yeltsin's actions were legal.


Vitruk said the lower house of parliament, which is scheduled to begin impeachment proceedings on May 13, cannot overturn a ruling by the Constitutional Court.


The ruling "can only be overridden by the Constitutional Court itself," he was quoted as saying by Interfax.


Yeltsin is charged with instigating the 1991 Soviet collapse, improperly using force against lawmakers in 1993, launching the war in Chechnya, bringing the nation's military to ruin and waging genocide against the Russian people by pursuing economic policies that impoverished the country.


To remove Yeltsin from office, at least one charge must win a two-thirds majority in both houses of parliament and approval of the Supreme and Constitutional courts. The one charge believed to have a chance of getting through the State Duma vote was the Chechnya charge.