Navalny to appeal against 15-day arrest to ECHR

Navalny to appeal against 15-day arrest to ECHR

On Thursday, the Moscow City Court recognized the oppositionist's arrest as legitimate. Earlier, the court found Navalny guilty under Article 19.3 of the Code of Administrative Offenses (disobedience to the lawful request of a police officer) and sentenced him to 15 days of arrest.⁠

Oppositionist Alexey Navalny will appeal to the European Court of Human Rights against 15 days of arrest for disobeying a policeman for an unauthorized rally in Moscow, his lawyer Olga Mikhailova told journalists.

"We will appeal the decision further and file a complaint with the ECHR," she said.

The Moscow City Court recognized the arrest as lawful. Earlier, the court found Navalny guilty under Article 19.3 of the Code of Administrative Offenses (disobedience to the lawful request of a police officer) and sentenced him to 15 days of arrest. Also, the court fined him 20 thousand rubles ($352) for organizing an unauthorized rally.

According to official data, on Sunday more than 600 people were detained at the unauthorized rally in the center of Moscow. Press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov noted that during the unauthorized rally law enforcement agencies acted absolutely correctly and highly professional. According to him, the protesters "went out at an inconsistent time and in an uncoordinated place," creating a security threat.

In the course of the action, one of the policemen received a serious head injury, a criminal investigation into this fact is ongoing by the ICR Central Board.

Russian President Vladimir Putin notes that Russia consistently fights corruption, considers this a serious problem for both Russia and other countries. At the same time, the President notes that in the course of actions against corruption, "everyone should act in the course of political processes within the framework of the law," and those who go beyond should be punished in accordance with Russian legislation.⁠

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