Russian Local Self-Government in Focus at the Council of Europe: Conflict or Movement towards Harmonization?

January 13, 2017, 12:00 – 14:00, Building 2, 1st Floor, Room 269

2016 is the year of the 20th anniversary from Russia’s accession to the Council of Europe; mandatory ratification by the Russian Federation of the European Charter of local government, the document that envisages pan-European standards for local authorities, was one of the pre-requisites for accession to the Council of Europe. The Charter played an important part in Russian local government development. However, its importance and role in the modern environment is questionable, just like the more general question of whether or not foreign experience can be applied to Russian conditions of municipal development. The debate about whether or not participation of the Russian Federation in operations of the Council of Europe and its entities, in particular in the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, is appropriate in the existing foreign policy environment, is directly related to these problems.

Issues for Discussion

  • Mutual influence of Russian, international and European regulations
  • in the field of local self-government
  • Importance of the European Charter of local self-government in modern Russia
  • Features of the Russian delegation work at the Congress of Local
  • and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe in the light of the current foreign policy situation;
  • Applicability of foreign European experience of  local self-government organization


  • Elena Gritsenko
    Elena Gritsenko

    Professor, Chair of the State and Administrative Law, St. Petersburg State University

  • Catherine Shugrina
    Catherine Shugrina

    Director, Center for Support and Maintenance of Local Self-Government, RANEPA


  • Sergey Glotov
    Sergey Glotov

    Head, Chair of Constitutional and Municipal Law, International Law Institute

  • Andrey Maximov
    Andrey Maximov

    Head, the Civil Initiatives Committee’s Project “Municipal Map of Russia: Growth Points”; Chairman, Expert Council, the Union of Russian Cities

  • Vsevolod Belikov
    Vsevolod Belikov

    Chairman, Council of Municipalities of St. Petersburg; Head, Finlyandskiy Municipal District of St. Petersburg

  • Klavdiya Borodulina
    Klavdiya Borodulina

    Deputy Head, Executive Office, Central Electoral Commission of Russia – Head, Department of Regional Legislation on Elections and Referendums

  • Mikhail Galperin
    Mikhail Galperin

    Deputy Minister of Justice of the Russian Federation

  • Vyacheslav Gladkov
    Vyacheslav Gladkov

    Deputy Governor, Deputy Head of Government, Sebastopol

  • Alexey Didenko
    Alexey Didenko

    Chairman, Committee on Federal Structure and Local Self-Governance Issues, State Duma of the Russian Federation

  • Ivan Makarov
    Ivan Makarov

    First Deputy Chairman, Local Self-Governance, Intra-National and Intra-Confessional Relations Committee, Leningrad Region

  • Andrey Korneev
    Andrey Korneev

    Director, Department of Constitutional Legislation, Federal Relations and Local Self-Governance Development, Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation