Council of Europe accepted Navalny’s complaint about Moscow’s ignorance of ECtHR decisions
The politician demands an end to the persecution of him by the Russian authorities
The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe accepted for consideration the complaint of Alexei Navalny about Moscow’s failure to comply with the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights. Opposition politician asks to stop the persecution by the Russian authorities and hold a trial on this issue.
The BBC Russian Service drew attention to the publication of the committee’s notice of February 8. Representatives of Navalny, on his behalf, informed the Committee of Ministers about "absolute disrespect" Russia to the obligation to comply with court decisions. The statement says that the conviction of the politician for fraud in 2014 became a tool for the authorities to unlawfully prosecute him..
Navalny is asking the committee of ministers, which includes representatives of all 47 member states of the Council of Europe, to issue a preliminary resolution on Russia’s non-compliance with the ECtHR decisions on the fraud case and due to the detention of the politician at rallies. Another application to the committee on behalf of Navalny was submitted on January 22 after his arrest at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport. His representatives report his arrest and attempted murder.
Navalny was sentenced in 2014 on charges of fraud to 3.5 years of probation, with a five-year probationary period (then it was extended for another year). The politician considers the case and the verdict to be politically motivated. In 2017, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the so-called case "Yves Rocher" fraud violated the opposition’s right to a fair hearing. Navalny was paid compensation. At the same time, the Supreme Court of Russia recognized the verdict as legal and refused to change it..
In the entire history of Russia’s membership in the Council of Europe, the Committee of Ministers recognized 1180 of the 3002 decisions of the ECHR on Russian cases as executed, the BBC notes. In total, the committee controls seven decisions of the ECHR on Navalny’s complaints issued but not executed by Moscow. Another 23 appeals from the politician, including a refusal to investigate the assassination attempt, are pending consideration.
If the committee finds Navalny’s complaint justified, it can either initiate proceedings in the ECHR in this regard, and, as a last resort, raise the issue of suspending Russia’s rights in the Council of Europe..