The ECHR found no political motive in the prosecution of Navalny brothers

Oleg and Alexei Navalny

The European court of human rights (ECtHR) did not find political motive in the actions of Russian law enforcement agencies against brothers Alexei and Oleg Navalny convicted in the case “Yves Rocher”. The decision was published on the website of the court October 17.

At the same time, the ECHR found the proceedings unfair and awarded each applicant for 10 thousand euros, and ordered the Russian government to pay the legal expenses Alexei Navalny (in the amount of 45 thousand euros) and to compensate for the cost of his brother (11 thousand euros and 460 thousand rubles). These amounts significantly below those demanded Bulk of compensation for moral harm themselves, they evaluated a total of 170 thousand euros.

Moscow does not agree with the position of the ECHR on the existence of irregularities in the prosecution of Navalny, reported the Ministry of justice. The Agency noted as a reduction by the court of compensation of moral harm, and that in Strasbourg declared unfounded the complaint of the applicants for political reasons the Russian law enforcement bodies.

The Ministry of justice added that Russia within three months form the legal position on the question of a possible appeal of the decision of the Grand chamber of the ECHR.

Brothers Oleg and Alexei Navalny found guilty on charges of embezzlement of company funds “Yves Rocher” in December 2014. He received 3.5 years of imprisonment and five years probation, which in August 2017 was extended, and Oleg — 3.5 years in a General regime colony.