The European Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday that a Russian court order placing opposition leader Alexei Navalny under house arrest in 2014 was unlawful and politically driven.
Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said the Kremlin disagrees with the ruling, adding that it will be up to the Russian Justice Ministry to take the necessary action. Russia could appeal the verdict to the court's highest chamber.
It’s the second time that the court has ruled against Russia in a matter of months. In November, the court’s highest chamber found that Russian authorities violated multiple human rights in detaining Navalny seven times from 2012 to 2014, and that two of the arrests were expressly aimed at “suppressing political pluralism.”
It ordered Russia to pay Navalny 63,000 euros in damages, and called on Russia to fix legislation to “take due regard of the fundamental importance of the right to peaceful assembly.”