Disinfo: The Yves Rocher case against Navalny is not political

Summary

It is sometimes seen on the internet that the Yves Rocher Affair was a political affair, this is a fake!

In their complaint to the European Court of Human Rights, Alexei Navalny and his brother Oleg demanded that the Yves Rocher Affair be regarded as political persecution. The court declared this part of their complaint inadmissible.

It is also said that Navalny was cleared by the ECHR, and this is also a fake!

The European Court of Human Rights does not have the competence to exonerate or convict. It is about finding violations in the procedure, which was done in the Navalny case. Russia even paid the damages fixed by the ECHR.

Disproof

Recurrent disinformation message on Alexei Navalny and the Yves Rocher case, claiming that Russia had been condemned for technical issues of procedure in the trial but the ground was correct and that Russia had fulfiled all its international commitments since Alexei Navalny was paid the damages decided by the ECHR.

On 02/02/2021 the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe stated that:

Today’s judgment ordering Alexei Navalny’s imprisonment in a correctional colony for three and a half years defies all credibility and contravenes Russia’s international human rights obligations. Mr Navalny should not have been arrested and tried in the first place because the criminal conviction that has served as a basis for today’s custodial sentence had already been considered arbitrary and manifestly unreasonable by the European Court of Human Rights. With this decision, the Russian authorities not only further exacerbate human rights violations as already established by the European Court of Human Rights, they also send a signal undermining the protection of the rights of all Russian citizens and affecting the integrity of the European system of human rights protection. The Russian authorities should restore a climate of respect for human rights based on the international standards by which the Russian Federation is bound.

Moreover, the final Ruling of April 2019 (Application no. 43734/14) should also be taken into account and not only the judgement of October 2017 (Application no. 101/15) as does RT for the purpose of this story. As RFE/RL summarises :

The ECHR ruled in October 2017 that the Russian courts violated their right to a fair trial in the case. That ECHR ruling initially held that their convictions in the Yves Rocher case fell outside the definition of fraud. When Russia appealed that decision, the ECHR reconsidered the case and in November 2018 expanded its ruling against Russian authorities. It found that Russia violated Navalny’s rights over numerous arrests and detentions from 2012 to 2014, calling them "unlawful and arbitrary" and "politically motivated."

Read also similar cases: ECHR’s decisions are not binding for Russia, Navalny is mentally ill, Navalny was about to be extradited from Germany by Interpol on criminal charges.

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  • Reported in: Issue 232
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 08/02/2021
  • Outlet language(s) French
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia
  • Keywords: European Council, ECHR, Human rights, Alexei Navalny
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It is fascinating to see that Polish public discourse is dominated by the idea that Poland needs to have the worst possible relations with a neighbor, who is a nuclear superpower.

Disproof

This message is a part of the Kremlin’s widespread narrative about Russophobic Poland. The Kremlin-controlled media regularly accuse the political elites of Poland of Russophobia and the implementation of anti-Russian policies.

The Polish authorities do not promote Russophobia or any type of “anti-Russian paranoia”. The Polish authorities have repeatedly stated that Poland is willing to improve its relations with Russia – these relations will automatically improve if Russia starts observing the regulations of international law. In a statement of 21 December 2019, the Polish authorities reiterated their openness to continue the historical dialogue with Russia, for example through restarting the work of the bilateral Group on Difficult Issues.

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Alexei Navalny. The claim that Navalny is somehow used by the West and foreign special services for the political destabilisation of Russia is disinformation.

Anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny has long been the most prominent face of Russian opposition to President Vladimir Putin. His candidacy in the 2018 presidential election was banned by authorities over his conviction by a Russian court for embezzlement, which bars him from running for office. He has been arrested and imprisoned several times during his political career.

Russia was forced to expel EU diplomats who participated in illegal protests

Russia was forced to expel three diplomats from Poland, Sweden, and Germany due to their participation in illegal pro-opposition protests on 23 January.

Disproof

The claim advances a pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative concerning the ongoing protests in support of jailed opposition activist Alexei Navalny.

None of the three diplomats actually participated in the demonstrations. The foreign ministries of Poland, Sweden, and Germany have all confirmed that their presence at the protests was linked solely to the fulfillment of their diplomatic duties of monitoring protests. According to the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, these duties include "[a]scertaining by all lawful means conditions and developments in the receiving State, and reporting thereon to the Government of the sending State" (Article 3(d)).