MOSCOW, 17 Feb – RIA Novosti. Deputy Speaker of the State Duma Pyotr Tolstoy said that Russia will not comply with the ECHR decision to release Alexei Navalny.
“If such a decision follows, while it is not officially yet, of course, the Russian Federation will not comply with it,” Tolstoy said live on Instagram on Wednesday.
He clarified that the updated Constitution contains an article that says that “the country's international obligations are being fulfilled, and at the same time politicized interpretations of international bodies, such as the ECHR, in relation to the country, if they contradict the Constitution of the Russian Federation, they will not be executed” …
“Our legal legal system does not provide that it is in this form, with the help of statements, influenced by figures from the ECHR,” Tolstoy noted. He called these actions “art preparation” before the decision on the next sanctions against the Russian Federation.
On February 16, 2021, the Strasbourg court decided, in accordance with Rule 39 of the court's rules, to call on the Russian government to release Alexei Navalny, whom the Moscow court replaced the suspended sentence with a real one in a fraud case in early February. As stated in the release of the ECHR, “the measure takes effect immediately.”
On February 2, the Simonovsky Court of Moscow ruled to cancel Navalny's suspended sentence in the Yves Rocher case and replace him with 3.5 years in a general regime colony. The FSIN insisted on this – according to the department, he repeatedly violated the conditions of the probationary period.
In the last three years alone, according to the Federal Penitentiary Service, Navalny has failed to report on time at the Criminal Execution Inspectorate nearly 60 times (he is obliged to do this twice a month) and received numerous administrative penalties, from large fines to arrests.
As the court established, as part of the fraud with Yves Rocher, Navalny and his brother stole more than 30 million rubles, having tricked the said company and another organization into concluding contracts for the transportation of printed materials at inflated prices.
Earlier, Navalny managed to avoid replacing the suspended sentence with a real one three times. The refusal decisions were made by the Lublin Court of Moscow in 2015 and 2016, and the Simonovsky Court of Moscow in 2017 also only extended his probationary period, without raising the question of sending him to a colony.