European court rules Russia violated rights of opposition leader Navalny

European court rules Russia violated rights of opposition leader Navalny
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  • calendar-gray 09 April 2019

The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Tuesday that Russia violated the rights of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny by placing him under house arrest in 2014 and imposing other restrictive measures on him, APAreports citing the press release issued by the Court.

The court in Strasbourg said in a judgment that "the house-arrest order had not been justified, particularly in view of the fact that there had been no risk of Mr Navalnyy absconding and trying to avoid the investigation."

It said it was “apparent he had been treated in that way in order to curtail his public activities”.

“Victory,” Navalny wrote on social media in response to the ruling. “I am sure this ruling will have important consequences for all those in Russia who are constantly subjected to this kind of lawlessness.”

Navalny was held under house arrest for months from February 2014 while he and his brother Oleg were investigated for embezzlement in a case his supporters called politically motivated.

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