UPDATED 8:07 AM PT – Thursday, February 18, 2021
The Putin regime is breaching the Russian Constitution with its attempts to persecute opposition leader Alexey Navalny. On Wednesday, the Kremlin rejected an order by the European Court for Human Rights to immediately release Navalny from detention.
Officials claim the court’s decision amounts to interference with Russia’s internal affairs. However, the European court has the highest authority in Russia, according to the Russian Constitution, which means the regime’s actions are unconstitutional.
The #ECHR ruled Alexei @navalny should be released immediately. The EU reiterates its call on the Russian authorities to do so without delay. We expect Russia to comply with its international commitments as signatory of the European Convention on Human Rights.
— Josep Borrell Fontelles (@JosepBorrellF) February 18, 2021
The EU said the Putin regime must, instead, investigate the failed poisoning of Navalny.
“We are calling for immediate, unconditional release of Navalny because the charges brought up against him, we consider as politically motivated,” stated Peter Stano, lead EU spokesman for Foreign Affairs and Security. “Attempted assassination is still not being investigated in Russia, so this is the priority where the Russian authorities should concentrate and focus their energies, and solve it as soon as possible instead of harassing Mr. Navalny.”
Navalny said the Putin regime is getting weaker every day as it’s losing the last remnant of legitimacy.