ECHR tells Russia to free Alexei Navalny on safety grounds

ECHR tells Russia to free Alexei Navalny on safety groundsFebruary 17, 2021

Russia says it will ignore ruling, which it calls a ‘blatant and gross interference’ in its affairs

The European court of human rights has told Russia to free Alexei Navalny, prompting a new standoff between Europe and Moscow over the fate of Vladimir Putin’s staunchest critic.

Russia has said it will ignore the ruling despite a requirement to comply as a member of the Council of Europe, calling the court’s decision “blatant and gross interference in the judicial affairs of a sovereign state”.

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