Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative denigrating the European Court of Human Rights, in relation to the ongoing situation around Alexei Navalny. The claim was neither counterbalanced nor critically challenged in the article.
The ECHR is a judicial body whose task is to interpret the European Convention of Human Rights and to establish, in each set of proceedings brought before it, whether the conduct of a signatory state constitutes a violation of the claimant’s Convention rights. The Court was formed in 1959 by the Consultative Assembly of the Council of Europe, (an institution predating and separate from the European Union which is not to be confused with the EU’s European Council. See this explainer addressing the confusion.)
Russia is a member of the Council of Europe (CoE).
The recruitment process for judges to the ECHR is as follows: each member state of the Council of Europe, including Russia, proposes three candidates, from whom one is elected for a 9 years non-renewable mandate.
Although judges are elected in respect of a State, they hear cases as individuals and do not represent that State. They are independent and cannot engage in any activity that would be incompatible with their duty of independence and impartiality.
See more cases in our database related to the ECHR which claims that George Soros infiltrated and controls the ECHR; or that ECHR strongly restricts the rights of expression; or that ECHR makes all decisions based on its own anti-Russian logic of behaviour.