NEWSWATCH: “Russian Opposition Leader Navalny’s Case Sent for Retrial” – AP

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Russia’s Supreme Court on Wednesday scrapped a criminal conviction and sent the case of opposition leader Alexei Navalny for retrial, opening the door for his potential run for office.  … convicted in 2013 of embezzling timber …. Following unsuccessful appeals in Russia, Navalny, a trained lawyer, turned to the European Court of Human Rights which ruled in February that Russia violated … Navalny’s right to a fair trial, and has ordered the government to pay him legal costs and damages. … Russia passed a law last year claiming the right to disregard the European court’s rulings if they conflict with the national constitution ….

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