//Should Russia obey ECHR and release Alexei Navalny?

Should Russia obey ECHR and release Alexei Navalny?

The European Court of Human Rights demanded Russian opposition activist and blogger Alexei Navalny be released from custody. In this judgment, the ECHR relies on Rule 39 of the Rules of the Court on the application of interim measures. The rule is binding, and it is used if the court finds that the applicant is in danger.The news about the requirement of the ECHR to immediately release Navalny came from his lawyer, Olga Mikhailova.
She noted that “the European Court of Human Rights applied Rule 39 of the Rules of the Court and ordered the Russian government to immediately release Navalny from the detention center.”
Mikhailova stressed out that such a decision was “made by the ECHR for the first time, and the Russian authorities must execute it.”The ECHR made such a decision, “having considered circumstances and possibilities that jeopardise the applicant’s life”, taking into account “general circumstances of the applicant’s current detention”.On February 2, the Simonovsky District Court of Moscow overturned Navalny’s suspended sentence in the Yves Rocher case and replaced it with a real jail term.It should be noted that information about a decision that the ECHR could make appeared on February 16. As a matter of fact, the decision was made the same day, but it was reported only a day later.The ECHR decision was made public a few days before the meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the European Union, which, among other things, will be devoted to the topic of EU-Russia relations. The question about new sanctions against Russia will most likely be considered at the meeting as well.