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European court orders Russia to release Alexei Navalny

Maria Zakharova, the foreign ministry spokeswoman, accused the court of destroying the framework of international law. Tatiana Stanovaya, a political analyst, said that the ruling would “provoke rage” in Moscow.

The court said that Russia had not identified the people who had tried to kill Navalny, meaning that he would be in danger inside prison. In December he tricked an FSB agent into admitting there had been a plot to kill him by smearing novichok on his underpants. Russia has refused to investigate what it calls Navalny’s “illness”.

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