Pussy Riot lawyer could become Bulgaria’s ECHR judge
MOSCOW, January 27 (RAPSI) - The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) recommended Bulgarian lawyer Yonko Grozev for a judge in the European Court for Human Rights. Grozev is known to have represented Pussy Riot and several other defendants in the Bolotnaya Square riots case in Strasbourg, Agora human rights NGO head Pavel Chikov told RIA Novosti.
The new candidate was nominated due to the current Bulgaria’s ECHR judge Zdravka Kalaydjieva is resigning on February 28, 2015.
Grozev graduated from the Harvard Law School and has been senior partner of the Russian Agora Association in the ECHR since 2007. He worked on the cases of Pussy Riot, Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov, Bolotnaya Square riots case as well as the Agora itself. Grozev also works in the ECHR on cases against Bulgaria, Serbia and Macedonia.