MOSCOW, 17 Feb – RIA Novosti. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova compared in terms of legality the demand of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to release Alexei Navalny with the demand of the head of the Shvonder house committee from Mikhail Bulgakov's story “Heart of a Dog” to Professor Preobrazhensky about the compaction of apartments at home.
On February 16, the Strasbourg court decided, in accordance with rule 39 of the court's rules, to call on the Russian government to release Navalny, whom the Moscow court replaced the suspended sentence with a real one in the case of fraud in early February. As stated in the release of the ECHR, “the measure takes effect immediately.”
“It really reminds me of how Shvonder and the team came to Professor Preobrazhensky to condense it. The level of legality and legal discussion is approximately very similar to the shots of the wonderful film and the even more wonderful literary work” Heart of a Dog, “Zakharova said on the air of the Russia 24 TV channel. “.
On February 2, the Simonovsky Court of Moscow ruled to cancel Navalny's suspended sentence in the Yves Rocher case and replace him with three and a half 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.