Council of Europe calls on Russia to release Navalny and pay compensation to Yukos

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe considered six cases against Russia. CE called on Moscow to release Navalny and pay compensation to Yukos and other victims, awarded by the ECHR.

The Council of Europe urged Russia to release the well-known opposition leader Alexei Navalny and to pay compensation to the victims, appointed by the European Court of Human Rights, including the oil concern Yukos. The relevant decisions were adopted at the quarterly meeting of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe for the supervision of the execution of judgments and decisions of the ECHR, which was held from 14 to 16 September.

In total, the committee considered six cases concerning Russia. Among them are “Navalny and Officers v. RF” (about the “Kirovles case”) and “Navalnye v. RF” (about the “Yves Rocher case”). In these two cases, the ECHR ruled that the applicants were convicted in Russia “for actions indistinguishable from normal commercial activities” on the basis of “arbitrary” and “manifestly unfounded” court decisions.

The Committee of Ministers once again urged the Russian authorities to release Navalny, to overturn the convictions in both cases and to pay compensation to the applicants. The supervisor expressed deep regret at the delay in replies to its inquiries to the Russian authorities and suggested to its Secretary General to send a letter to the Russian Foreign Minister expressing deep concern over the detention of Alexei Navalny in the colony.

In the YUKOS case, the CE Committee of Ministers recalled that Russia did not comply with the ECHR ruling. The court in Strasbourg ordered Russia to pay the plaintiffs compensation in the amount of 1,866,104,634 euros and 300 thousand euros of costs and legal costs. The Committee of Ministers stressed that “the provisions of national legislation cannot serve as an excuse for violating obligations arising from international treaties that the state has decided to ratify.” The European supervisory authority called on Russia to submit a plan for the payment of compensation and, in particular, to set specific terms for payment.