The Russian opponent Alexei Navalny, at the European Court of Human Rights, in Strasbourg, on January 24, 2018
The main opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Alexei Navalni, arrived Wednesday at the headquarters of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, which will examine several of his appeals against the Russian government, which he accuses of „arbitrary“ arrests.
Navalni arrived accompanied by her lawyer shortly after 0800 (0700 GMT). He met with members of the European court, but did not make any statement.
The hearing opened at 09h15 (08H15 GMT) in the Great Hall, the appellate jurisdiction of the CEDH.
Dressed in a navy blue jacket, a light shirt and a red tie, Navalni sat behind the desk reserved for the applicants, under the flashes of the journalists. The representatives of the Russian government sat on the right.
It is planned that the fierce fighter against the corruption of elites in Russia will take the floor before the court.
Alexéi Navalni, 41, has been arrested seven times between 2012 and 2014, during political protests against the government. Each time, he was taken to a police station, held for several hours and charged for „violation of the rules of conduct established during events in public places“ or for „disobedience to a lawful citation of the police.“
Navalni denounced these arrests without success before the Russian courts before going to the court of Strasbourg. He submitted five resources between 2012 and 2014.
He claims to be the victim of „illegal detentions“ and „arbitrary deprivation of liberty“.
The platform offered to this lawyer, an anti-corruption activist determined to challenge Putin, has a symbolic dimension a few weeks away from the Russian presidential elections of March 18.
Navalni, whose candidacy for the presidential elections was rejected, calls on his supporters to boycott the elections.