Navalny asks Supreme Court to comply with ECHR ruling regarding his brother Oleg
MOSCOW, March 20 (RAPSI) – Russian opposition politician Alexey Navalny has filed a motion with the Supreme Court of Russia asking it to comply with a ruling of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and release his brother Oleg from prison, the statement on Navalny’s official website reads.
The motion was filed on March 13.
On March 5, ECHR ruled not to reconsider its judgement in the case of Navalny brothers. In October of the last year, the court held that there was violation of Article 6 (Right to a fair trial) and Article 7 (No punishment without law) of the European Convention on Human Rights (Convention) in the case.
According to Navalny, the ECHR decision not to review the case in the Grand Chamber means that the ruling of the court has come into force and that Oleg Navalny is to be released immediately.
In December 2014, Navalny was given a 3.5-year suspended sentence in the Yves Rocher case. His brother Oleg received a 3.5-year prison term. They were convicted of stealing nearly 30 million rubles (about $500,000 at the current exchange rate) from two companies, including Russian affiliate of Yves Rocher. The term of Oleg Navalny is to expire on June 30, 2018.
They filed the application with the ECHR in January 2015. The applicants complained that they had been convicted “based on an unforeseeable application of criminal law, in breach of Article 7 of the Convention, and that those proceedings had been conducted in violation of Article 6 of the Convention.” The brothers also insisted that their prosecution and conviction had pursued “purposes other than bringing them to justice, in particular curtailing public and political activity of Alexey Navalny.
Regarding the latter assertions, ECHR ruled that there were no political motives in prosecution and conviction of Navalny brothers.