European court orders Russia to pay damages to protester

The New York Times reports the European Court of Human Rights has ruled in favor of a Russian protester whom Moscow police arrested during an anti-Putin rally in 2012 and later sentenced to two weeks in jail for jaywalking. Police arrested about 400 people during the protest, which occurred on the eve of Putin’s most recent inauguration. Putin then signed a series of laws that restrict protests in Russia. Moscow is a party to the treaty that created the European Court of Human Rights, but Putin signed a law late last year that allows Russia’s constitutional court to over ECHR decisions.


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