Navalny says Europe court has ordered Russia to release him

Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny says that the European Court of Human Rights has ordered Russia to release him immediately, citing risks to his life.

A copy of the ruling posted by Navalny on his blog says the court’s order to release him “shall apply with immediate effect.”

Contacted by AFP, the court confirms the ruling and says it will soon be published.

In this image made from video provided by the Babuskinsky District Court, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny stands in a cage during a hearing on his charges for defamation, in the Babuskinsky District Court in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Feb. 5, 2021. (Babuskinsky District Court via AP)
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