Europe’s top human rights court demands Russia release Alexey Navalny

The ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that was posted on Navalny’s website on Wednesday demands that Russia set him free immediately and warns that failing to do so would mark a breach of the European human rights convention. Navalny’s arrest and imprisonment fueled a wave of protests across Russia. to speak to UAE about missing Princess Latifa

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In the past, Moscow has abided by the ECHR’s rulings awarding compensations to Russian citizens who have contested verdicts in Russian courts, but it never faced a demand by the European court to set a convict free. Russian authorities might now use that provision to reject the EHCR’s ruling. Alexey Navalny appears in court for a hearing in the criminal case against him for defaming a World War II veteran in Moscow, Russia on February 16, 2021. 

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Earlier this month, a Moscow court sentenced Navalny to two years and eight months in prison for violating terms of his probation while recuperating in Germany. Authorities responded with a sweeping crackdown, detaining about 11,000 people, many of whom were fined or given jail terms ranging from seven to 15 days. In a reflection of its simmering irritation with the European court’s verdicts, Russia last year adopted a constitutional amendment declaring the priority of national legislation over international law. The sentence stems from a 2014 embezzlement conviction that Navalny has rejected as fabricated and the European court has ruled to be unlawful. Navalny, 44, an anti-corruption investigator and President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent critic, was arrested last month upon returning from Germany, where he spent five months recovering from a nerve-agent poisoning that he blames on the Kremlin. Russian authorities have rejected the accusation. In its Tuesday’s ruling, the ECHR pointed to Rule 39 of its regulations, citing “the nature and extent of risk to the applicant’s life.” The Russian Justice Ministry warned in a statement carried by the Tass news agency that the ECHR’s demand referencing the rule would represent a “crude interference into the judicial system” of Russia and “cross the red line.” It emphasized that “the ECHR can’t substitute a national court or cancel its verdict.”

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Europe’s top human rights court has ordered Russia to release jailed opposition leader Alexey Navalny, a ruling that will be unlikely to soften the Kremlin’s determination to isolate its most prominent foe. Russia has rejected Western criticism of Navalny’s arrest and the crackdown on demonstrations as meddling in its internal affairs. 
First published on February 17, 2021 / 9:54 AM