Pro-Kremlin journalist takes Estonia to European Court of Human Rights ({{commentsTotal}})

Giulietto Chiesa, a pro-Kremlin Italian journalist who definitively lost his case against the Estonian state regarding his entry ban this spring has taken Estonia to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

Jelena Karžetskaja, the Legal Information Centre for Human Rights (LICHR) lawyer to represent Chiesa in the litigation that occurred in Estonia confirmed the preparation of the appeal to ERR’s Russian-language news portal.

According to Karžetskaja, the appeal was submitted to the ECHR by Chiesa’s lawyer in Italy.

This April, Chiesa definitively lost his case against the Estonian state after the Supreme Court of Estonia did not accept his appeal in cassation, which meant that the judgments handed down against him by the Tallinn Circuit Court and Tallinn Administrative Court remained in force.

Chiesa was unhappy with the Estonian Ministry of the Interior’s Dec. 12, 2014 order which banned him from entering Estonia between Dec. 13 of that year and Jan. 13 of the following year.

The Italian journalist arrived in Estonia on Dec. 15, 2014 on the invitation of the media club Impressum, however police detained him that night and the following day he was ordered to leave Estonia, from whence he flew to Moscow.

As MEP, Chiesa has justified Russian aggression in Georgia in 2008 and demanded the recognition of the independence of separatist South Ossetia and Abkhazia as well as supported Russia's annexation of Crimea and Kremlin policy in Eastern Ukraine.

Editor: Editor: Aili Vahtla