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Russia's Arrests of Navalny Were Politically Motivated, European Rights Court Rules

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The Moscow Times | Russia's Arrests of Navalny Were Politically Motivated, European Rights Court Rules

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Alexei Navalny being re-arrested as soon as he is released.

11/15/18
The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday that Russia's repeated arrests and detention of opposition leader Alexei Navalny were politically motivated and breached his human rights, a decision certain to displease the Kremlin. The court, based in Strasbourg, said Navalny had been subject to seven such arrests in 2012 and in 2014 and that at least two of those arrests had been designed to suppress political pluralism. "The Court found that there was 'converging contextual evidence' that the authorities were becoming increasingly severe towards Mr Navalny and that his allegation of being a particular target appeared coherent in the context of a general move to bring the opposition under control," it said in a statement. It ordered Russia to pay around 64,000 euros in damages and costs to Navalny.

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