Russian Justice Minister Konstantin Chuichenko called the ECHR’s demand to release Alexey Navalny from custody unprecedented and said that it was unenforceable, since it had no legal basis.
“The demand for the release of Navalny received from the ECHR today is unprecedented for several reasons. Firstly, this is a clear and gross interference in the activities of the judiciary of a sovereign state. Secondly, this demand is unreasonable and unlawful, since it does not contain any indication of any fact, not a single rule of law that would allow the court to make such a decision, “the minister told reporters on Wednesday.
“Thirdly, the requirement is deliberately unenforceable, since in accordance with Russian law there are no legal grounds for releasing this person from custody,” he stressed.
Chuichenko noted that “realizing all this, the European judges made a clearly political decision, which can only complicate the restoration of constructive relations with the institutions of the Council of Europe.” “The implementation of this decision of the ECHR would be nothing more than a manifestation of a selective approach, which contradicts the fundamental principle of the European Court of Human Rights, namely, ensuring the rule of law,” said the Minister of Justice.