MOSCOW, 18 Feb – RIA Novosti. Russia should not be led by ultimatums that run counter to the country's Constitution and legislation, Sergei Zheleznyak, a member of the State Duma's international affairs committee, told RIA Novosti, commenting on the ECHR's demand to release Alexei Navalny.
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 Alexei Navalny, whom the Moscow court replaced the suspended sentence with a real one in the fraud case in early February. As stated in the release of the ECHR, “the measure comes into force immediately.”
Zheleznyak recalled that according to the constitution, the priority of domestic legislation operates in Russia, while the Russian Federation does not violate generally accepted norms and acts exclusively in the legal field.
“The actions of the ECHR in relation to the” Berlin patient “case completely discredit the name of this international organization, which is called upon to defend human rights, and not to participate in political actions. Western countries and the world's leading human rights organizations did not pay any attention to the arbitrariness of other persons who were behind bars in various countries for political reasons, including (Kirill) Vyshinsky, (Julian) Assange, the Spanish rapper and many other leaders of public opinion. In Russia, domestic law is in force and should not be led by external demands that run counter to our constitution and legislation. ” – stressed Zheleznyak.
The parliamentarian noted that the participation of the ECHR in the “political anti-Russian project” is a blow to the entire international legal system and once again demonstrates how methods of double standards work in relation to Russia.
“It is obvious that with the approach of the parliamentary elections attempts of external interference and pressure on our country will continue and grow,” Zheleznyak stressed.