Supreme Court did not overturn verdict in Yves Rocher’s case against Navalny brothers

Supreme Court did not overturn verdict in Yves Rocher’s case against Navalny brothers
Alexey Navalny Photo: Maxim Stulov / Vedomosti

A spokesperson of the Prosecutor's office said that the ECHR had not studied all the materials of the criminal case, so they were offered not to overturn the verdict, but to send the case for a new review in court.

According to Mediazona, the Presidium of the Supreme Court decided to resume the case of Yves Rocher, initiated against brothers Oleg and Alexey Navalnys because of new circumstances, and to leave the verdict handed down by Zamoskvoretsky court and the appeal decision intact.

The spokesman of the Prosecutor's office stated at the court session that the ECHR had not examined all the materials of the criminal case, so it was suggested to them not to overturn the verdict, but to send the case for a new trial in court.

In an appeal to the court, Alexey Navalny called the case of Yves Rocher, instituted against him and his brother, concocted and claimed that in view of this it must be dropped. Navalny also said that if the court refuses to heed the decision of the European Court of Human Rights, it will not hinder him from going to the next polls.

In December 2012, the Investigative Committee received a statement from General Director of Yves Rocher East company Bruno Leproux, after which a criminal case was filed against Alexey and Oleg Navalnys on Swindling and The Legalization (Laundering) of Monetary Funds under part 4 of Art. 159 and items (a), (b), part 2 of Art. 174.1 of the Criminal Code. According to the investigation, Oleg Navalny, being the Head of the Department of Domestic Posts of Russian Post, inclined the leadership to signing an unprofitable contract with company Main Subscription Agency, whose real founder and owner was his brother Alexey.

December 30, 2014 Zamoskvoretsky District Court of Moscow convicted Alexey and Oleg Navalnys. Alexey was sentenced to 3.5 years' suspended imprisonment, and his brother – to the same term, but with serving in a general-regime colony.

In October 2017, in response to a complaint by the Navalny brothers about this verdict, the ECHR ruled that Russia had violated Articles 6 and 7 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, which guarantee the right to a fair trial and punishment solely on the basis of law.

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