The European court of human rights considered the complaint of Alexey Navalny and Pyotr Ofitserov on the verdict in the so-called «case «Kirovec, recognizing that the right of Complainants to a fair trial was violated.
The ECHR decision was published on Tuesday, February 23 at the official site of the international law enforcement agencies.
The European judges noted that the case cannot be considered political, although there are serious doubts about the motives of persecution.
The defendants in the case are obliged to pay 8,000 euros compensation, and to reimburse legal costs – EUR 48.053 Bulk and 22.893 Euro Ofitserova.
«Now the law of the Supreme court should cancel the verdict in the case», – Navalny commented on this decision in his blog.
The case of Kirovec – criminal trial on charges of public and political activist A. Navalny, who worked in 2009, adviser to the Governor of the Kirov region N. J. White, volunteer, and businessman J. P. Ofitserov in the theft of property of the Kirov state enterprise «Kirovles».
July 18, 2013 the Leninsky district court of Kirov on the results of consideration of the case acknowledged that Navalny and Ofitserov guilty and was sentenced to five and four years imprisonment respectively. 16 October 2013 the Kirov regional court replaced imprisonment on probation.
The legal opinions about the viability of this case differ, however, all noted that predetermination of a guilty verdict. Many public figures, politicians, political analysts believe the case was politically motivated, seeing it as suppressing the power of the opposition.
The representative of the German government called it «an exemplary process», stressing that as a result, Navalny became the politician of Federal scale. A number of commentators see in it the struggle for power of different groups, or attack one of the groups of power in Putin’s position. The case was of great public interest and provoked sharp criticism of the Russian judicial system in General, and protests.