He European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has condemned Russia for refusing to carry out a judicial investigation pertinent to clarify the complaints of the opponent Alexei Navalny of being poisoned with a nerve agent, in August 2020, for political reasons.
In their sentence published this Tuesday, the European judges emphasize that the preliminary investigation carried out by the Russian authorities was not subject to any control and he did not allow Navalny to be associated to assert his rights.
In his view, the purely preliminary nature of this investigation, which ruled out any poisoning from the startas well as the refusal to launch criminal proceedings to verify the opponent’s allegations, show in their opinion that They did not want to verify if there was a political motive and if State agents were involved.
That is Russia violated article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights on the protection of the right to life because it did not carry out an investigation that could be considered effective and will have to pay 40,000 euros to Navalny for moral damages.
Something that will hardly happen considering that Moscow has broken all bridges with the Council of Europeof which the Strasbourg Court is a part, since his expulsion in March 2022 as a result of the invasion of Ukraine.
As established in the treaties, the ECHR is competent to examine all cases regarding Russia referring to events that occurred up to six months after that expulsion, and that even if they are presented in the future.
At the root of this matter is the intoxication suffered by Navalny on August 20, 2020 when he was flying from Siberia in the direction of Moscow and that caused him to lose consciousness.
The plane’s crew decided to divert and land urgently in the city of Omsk so that he could receive medical assistance.
Although the representatives of the politician, known for being one of the biggest critics of the Russian president, Vladimir Putindemanded a criminal investigation for their suspicions of poisoning, the forensic institute quickly concluded that it had not detected any suspicious substances.
Two days after his hospitalization in Omsk, thanks to an international initiative, Navalny was evacuated to Berlin, where he could be treated at another hospital.
On September 2, the German government announced that the toxicological tests that had been carried out showed unequivocally that he had ingested a Novichok-type agentknown to have been developed by researchers in the former Soviet Union and used, for example, in the United Kingdom against Sergei Skripal, a former Russian spy who crossed over to the West.
Those results were later independently confirmed by three specialized laboratories in France and Sweden, as well as by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
In December 2020, the Bellingcat journalists’ collective and the online newspaper The Insider revealed that since 2017 Navalny had been under surveillance by the Russian secret services, the well-known FSB, and that the agents involved in his control were specialists. in toxic chemicals.
Navalny’s representative once again requested with these elements the initiation of a criminal investigation for his suspicions of a poisoning with the involvement of State agents, without success.
(With information from EFE)
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