Court: Russia’s house-arrest order and restrictions on opposition activist Navalnyy breached human rights laws

Human rights judges have ruled that Russia must pay 20,000 euros to opposition activist Aleksey Anatolyevich Navalnyy after ccepting that his human rights were violated.

The European Court of human rights decided that the house-arrest order and restrictions imposed on Navalnyy breached the human rights convention and as Just satisfaction (Article 41), ordered that in respect of costs and expenses, Russia must pay the applicant a further EUR 2,665.

In today’s Chamber judgment in the case of Navalnyy v. Russia (No. 2) (application no. 43734/14) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been:

a violation of Article 5 (right to liberty and security),

a violation of Article 10 (freedom of expression),

and a violation of Article 18 (limitation of use of restriction on rights) of the European Convention on Human Rights.

The case concerned Navalnyy being held under house arrest during a criminal investigation against him and the restrictive measures imposed on him during that time.

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

The restrictions on him, including tight limits on his communicating, had been out of proportion to the criminal charges he had faced. It was also apparent that he had been treated in that way in order to curtail his public activities.


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