The European court of human rights is to rule on whether Russia's arrests of prominent Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny were politically motivated.
A senior aide to Russia's opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been detained over a rally organized by the opposition last year. In 2018, Navalny himself served two stints in jail for violating protest laws.
Europe's top rights court has condemned a 2014 Russian order to keep opposition figure Alexei Navalny under house arrest, saying it was unlawful and politically motivated. The court says Moscow must now pay him €20,000.
After reporting on a possible political shake-up in Moscow, two respected journalists have been forced to quit a top Russian newspaper. The outlet's editor-in-chief has denied that ownership had a role in the firings.
Russia said it had no desire to leave the Council of Europe and was ready to pay its dues following an apparent breakthrough between Moscow and Western nations. Russia's delegation had faced sanctions over Crimea.
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