Russia violated opposition leaders' rights: European court

4th December 2014, Comments 0 comments

The European Court of Human Rights Thursday ordered Russia to pay more than 50,000 euros' ($61,552) compensation to two opposition leaders jailed for demonstrating against what they said were rigged elections.

Popular blogger and activist Alexei Navalny and Solidarnosc movement leader Ilya Yashin were jailed for 15 days after the December 5th, 2011 demonstration in Moscow.

The Strasbourg human rights court called the detentions "disproportionate" -- noting that the protest rally was peaceful, featured only about 100 people and lasted 15 minutes, It also said the conditions they encountered in jail "were an attack on their dignity".

The severity of the Russian authorities' reaction was likely to dissuade others from protesting, the court noted.

Russia was ordered to pay 26,000 euros to both men and another 2,500 to Navalny to cover costs. Russia has three months to lodge an appeal.

© 2014 AFP

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