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Russian activist filed complaint to European Court against Russian Federation
15:57, 11 June 2016
Russian activist filed complaint to European Court against Russian Federation

Document says that Ionov’s persecution violates the right to freedom of expression, as the protest was peaceful

15:57, 11 June 2016

Фото: Екатерина Мальдон

The 76-year-old Russian activist Vladimir Ionov, who before the sentence for violations at Russian protests arrived in Ukraine, appealed to the ECHR, says "Kommersant" referring to the document.

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The document says that Ionov’s persecution violates the right to freedom of expression, as the protest was peaceful. Article 212.1 of the Criminal Code, by which he is charged, is contrary to the European Convention on the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, the document says.  The lawyer Irina Khrunova stressed in the complaint that the article punishes twice for the same thing - the citizen first obtains administrative penalties, and then becomes involved in the criminal case.

Khrunova writes that formally Ionov has not exhausted methods of protection in Russia, as the verdict against him has not been imposed.

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