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Book chapter

The issue of Positive Discrimination in the Case-Law of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation

P. 193-213.

The Russian Constitution reflects universally recognised consensus in the area of promoting the principle of equality and non-discrimination, enshrining main guarantees of equality of citizens regardless of their national and ethnic origins, gender, age, social and other status and other criteria. The Constitutional Court's case-law develops and clarifies these basic provisions enriching them by criteria of admissible differentiation of legal status. Preferences given to some vulnerable groups of people im comparison with the general group may raise the issue of positive discrimination the origins and types of which are expounded in the report. The analysis is given of main situations where the Russian Constitutional Court faced that issue and the evolution of its cas-law on the matter, especially in the light of the European Court of Human Rights' approaches.