Analysis: “Limonov and the protection of political criticism under the European Convention of Human Rights” by Dolores Utrilla
In its final judgment in the case Savenko (Limonov) v. Russia (Application no. 29088/08), delivered two days ago, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) continues to elaborate its jurisprudence on the boundaries of the freedom of expression in the context of political criticism. The ECtHR found that Russian courts violated Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) because they categorised political criticism as defamation without having due regard to the circumstances of the case, and also because they ordered an unpredictably large amount in damages to be paid.
Many of us know Eduard Savenko, also known as Eduard Limonov, through the famous biographical novel of 2011 by the French writer and journalist Emma