The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has Russia on charges of house arrest against opposition politician Alexei Navalny. The 2014 measure was not justified and violated human rights, the judges said this Tuesday. The goal was to stop Nawalny's political activities. The house arrest violates Articles 5, 10 and 18 of the European Convention on Human Rights, as stated in the written judgment (Application No 43734/14).
The Russian state has now Nawalny more than 22,600 euros compensation
pay, among other things, because Nawalnys human rights on freedom and on free
Expression had been violated. The decision of the judge is
but not yet final. It can be from Moscow as well
be challenged by Nawalny within three months.
Russian judges ordered their house arrest in 2014 as part of a criminal investigation into Nawalny. According to the Human Rights Court, Nawalny had to wear an electronic ankle bracelet, was only allowed to communicate with close family members and lawyers, and not write letters or speak on the Internet. After his conviction for money laundering Nawalny ended the house arrest arbitrarily.
The conditions imposed on the opposition were disproportionate, argued the Strasbourg judges – especially since no danger of flight had existed. They again stated a politically motivated approach by Russia against Nawalny. The court had already sentenced Russia in November 2018 for several arrests of Nawalny for similar reasons.
Navalny welcomed the recent verdict. On Instagram he wrote: "Me
I am confident that this decision will have important consequences for
those in Russia will have, who is constantly one of them
Lawlessness. "The Kremlin, on the other hand, showed up
surprised by the decision: "That's really unexpected",
Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Tass Agency. "You can do that
hardly agree. "
Nawalny is considered one of the most prominent critics of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The lawyer publishes since 2007 in his blog critical research on the business practices of major Russian companies. He was a spokesman for the mass protests against the controversial parliamentary election in December 2011 and Putin's re-election to the presidency in May 2012. At the mayoral election in Moscow in September 2013 Nawalny landed in second place.