Kosachev suggested it might be related to the activity of the West against Russia

© RIA Novosti / Kirill to Kallinikova in fotoracconti Kosachev at the meeting of the Council of Federation of the Russian Federation. Archival photoKosachev suggested it might be related to the activity of the West against Russia© RIA Novosti / Kirill to Kallinikova the image Bank

Increased activity of the West towards Russia may be related to starting in Russia the election campaign in 2018, said the Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on international Affairs Konstantin Kosachev at a press conference in MIA «Russia Today».

Previously, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe asked the Russian side for more information on the case «Bulk and Officers against Russia» and said that he intends to revisit this issue at the next meeting in December. In a release sent to RIA Novosti the decision of the Committee States that it «recalled the conclusions of the European court on the case, according to which the outcome of criminal proceedings against the applicants were «manifestly unfounded», «the guilty verdict was handed down following an unfair trial».

«Getting the impression that this increased activity in the Russian direction may be related to starting in Russia election campaign next year — for the election of the President of the Russian Federation», — said Kosachev, commenting on the decision of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

The case of «Kirovles» was considered by the court twice. In the course of the first trial, a former adviser to the Kirov region Governor on a voluntary basis, Alexei Navalny, pleaded guilty and not consider the case politically motivated, received a five-year probation, but the conviction was overturned by the Supreme court after the decision of the ECHR, which found violations of the rights of defendants at trial, but did not find political motivation.

During the re-trial in the case of «Kirovles» Navalny a previous conviction in may, was recognized as legitimate and justified. According to investigators, Navalny and former head of the Vyatka forest company Peter Ofitserov organized a supply agreement with forestry unitary enterprise «Kirovles» obviously not favorable to the latter conditions, after which he spent transferred under this agreement, the timber 16.1 million rubles.

From 19 to 21 September in Strasbourg passed 1294-th meeting of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (CMCE), which reviewed the issue of enforcement of Russian decisions in the case of «Kirovles».

Decisions of the Committee of Ministers are of a declarative nature and are not binding. As a rule, the Council is limited to making resolutions or special letters on behalf of the Committee of Ministers, its President or Secretary General of the Council of Europe to the high-ranking officials of the Respondent state.

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