ECHR notifies Russia of Navalny’s lawsuit in the case of his poisoning
Alexei Navalny: ‘Poisoned’ Russian opposition leader allowed to travel abroad for treatment
Navalny’s complaint was filed in court the day after his hospitalization in Omsk in August 2020.
The European Court of Human Rights has notified the representative of Russia that it has accepted for consideration the case of the poisoning of opposition politician Alexei Navalny. The complaint was communicated back in mid-January. This is reported on the website of the court..
Navalny’s complaint was filed in court the day after his hospitalization in Omsk in August 2020, follows from the published document. In it, Navalny’s lawyers demand to admit that the second article of the European Convention on Human Rights, which declares the right to life, has been violated in relation to him. In October it became known that it was supplemented and accepted for consideration..
The court in Strasbourg asked the Russian authorities whether the right to life was violated in the case, especially whether the obligations to effectively investigate the poisoning case were fulfilled, the head of the international human rights group wrote in a telegram "Agora" Pavel Chikov.
Earlier, a court in Tomsk recognized the refusal of investigators to open a criminal case on suspicion of poisoning Navalny as legal. The court also rejected the requirement to oblige the investigating authorities to initiate a criminal case, and also did not oblige the Ministry of Internal Affairs to return personal belongings to Navalny, including the clothes he was wearing when he felt unwell on August 20. Navalny himself considers these clothes to be important evidence, since traces of a poisonous substance may have remained on them..
Oppositionist Alexei Navalny was poisoned on August 20 – he passed out on the plane on the way from Tomsk to Moscow. Navalny was hospitalized in an Omsk hospital and put into an artificial coma. Two days later, after the demands of Navalny’s wife and colleagues, he was transported to Berlin for treatment. The politician regained consciousness only after 19 days.
Russian doctors ruled out the version of Navalny’s poisoning, explaining his condition "metabolic disorders". German experts, as well as several independent European laboratories, found traces of a chemical warfare agent in the politician’s body, similar in composition to poison "Newbie.
The West demanded that the Kremlin investigate the circumstances of Navalny’s poisoning. Russian investigating authorities have refused to open a criminal case. After that, the European Union and the United Kingdom imposed sanctions on individuals and organizations that, in their opinion, either may be involved in the incident, or do not give a course to the investigation..
Navalny himself believes that Russian President Vladimir Putin is personally behind the attempt on his life..
At the end of December last year, the international investigative group Bellingcat, with the participation of a number of media outlets, published an investigation based on data on air travel and witness testimony, according to which several FSB officers were involved in the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. The Kremlin denies it