Feb 18, 2021
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Deputy Piskarev: ECHR clumsily tries to shield Navalny

Attempts by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to “shield” blogger Alexei Navalny look awkward and unjust, said State Duma deputy Vasily Piskarev. Any attempts to put pressure on Russia are futile, the parliamentarian stressed.

Piskarev recalled that there is no term “interim measures” in the European Convention for the Protection of Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. The Russian court makes decisions based on evidence, not the opinions of European institutions, the legislator added.

He regarded the demands made by the ECHR to Russia as pressure on the court and coercion to violate the Constitution. Piskarev noted the politicization of the decisions of the Strasbourg court.

“Who either awards compensation to terrorists, and not to the relatives of their victims, then defends the neo-Nazis who killed lawyer Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasia Baburova,” the parliamentarian recalled.

The deputy considered the attempts of the EU structures to “shield” the blogger Navalny as clumsy and unjust. The blogger’s “rudeness and antics” turned even his supporters away from him, Piskarev said.

Pressure on Russia with the help of sanctions is futile, the deputy warned. “We know that the truth is ours, and we will be guided by the provisions of the Russian Constitution, which guarantees the equality of all before the law and the court and directly indicates that decisions of intergovernmental bodies are not subject to execution if they contradict our fundamental law,” he concluded.

A court in Strasbourg on February 16 demanded that Russia release Navalny. “The measure takes effect immediately,” the ECHR said in a release.

On February 2, the Moscow City Court replaced Navalny’s suspended sentence with a real one. He will spend 2.8 years in a general regime colony. The blogger has been found guilty of fraud in the Yves Rocher case and must report to the inspection twice a month. Until August 2020, he ignored this requirement six times, and since September he has not been celebrated even once.


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