Russia has stated there are not any legal grounds to set Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny free, swiftly rejecting a name from the European Court of Human Rights for his quick release.
The Strasbourg-based court docket had earlier ordered Moscow to release the jailed opposition determine saying his life was in peril in jail.
Mr Navalny, 44, was arrested and jailed after returning to Russia final month from Germany, the place he spent months recovering from a poisoning assault that he blamed on the Kremlin.
Justice Minister Konstantin Chuychenko advised the Interfax information company that the ECHR calls for have been "unreasonable and unlawful" and represented "clear and gross interference" within the actions of Russia's judiciary system.
"The demand is deliberately unenforceable since in accordance with Russian law there are no legal grounds for the release of this person from custody," he stated.
He added that the ruling didn’t comprise "a single fact or a single rule of law" that will enable it to perform such a call.
Earlier this month, a Moscow court docket dominated to convert a suspended sentence Mr Navalny was handed in 2014 to almost three years in jail, sparking nationwide rallies and an outcry within the West.
In his criticism to the ECHR, which was lodged on 20 January, Mr Navalny indicated that the Russian authorities couldn’t present "sufficient safeguards" for his life and well being, the court docket stated.
Last August, Mr Navalny fell violently ailing on a flight over Siberia and was airlifted to Berlin for remedy.
Western scientists later concluded that he was poisoned with a Soviet-era nerve toxin and Mr Navalny insists Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the assault, a declare the Kremlin has repeatedly denied.
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