Council of Europe calls on Russia to “immediately release” Alexey Navalny

The Committee of mMinisters of the Council of Europe, composed of 47 member states, “expressed serious concern that Alexei Navalny remains in detention to this day”, Thursday, in a press release.

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The executive body of the Council of Europe asked “urgently” Thursday June 10 in Moscow from “release immediately” the Russian opponent Alexe├» Navalny, the day after the dismantling of his movement judged “extremist” by a Moscow court. In a press release, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, made up of 47 member states, “expressed serious concern that Alexei Navalny remains in detention to this day”.

This committee, which oversees the execution of decisions of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) by Council member states (including Russia), also calls on Moscow to quash the conviction of the sworn enemy of the Kremlin in the “Yves Rocher affair”. The opponent was sentenced in Russia in December 2014 to a three-and-a-half-year suspended prison sentence in this case for the embezzlement of 26 million rubles (at the time nearly 360,000 euros), to the detriment of the Russian subsidiary of the French cosmetics company Yves Rocher.

His brother Oleg had been given the same sentence, but firm, and the Council of Europe also calls on Russia to reverse this sentence.

The ECHR “considered that the applicants had been convicted for acts which were not distinguishable from regular commercial activities, by judicial decisions which were arbitrary, unforeseeable and manifestly unreasonable”, emphasizes the Council.

The latter recalls that “on February 2, 2021, the suspended sentence of Mr. Alexe├» Navalny, pronounced following the arbitrary conviction in this case, was converted into a prison sentence”. Russian prison authorities accused him of violating measures of his judicial control while he was recovering in Germany, after surviving a poisoning attempt he blames in the Kremlin.

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