European Council President Charles Michel and Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell have called for the release of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Jake Sullivan, the national security adviser to newly elected US President Joe Biden, called for something similar. The Slovenian Foreign Ministry also called for Navalny’s immediate release.
Navalny on landing in Moscow
“Navalny’s arrest is unacceptable. I urge the Russian authorities to release him immediately,” is Michel wrote on Twitter. High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell however, according to foreign news agencies, he called on the Russian authorities to respect their rights Navalnega. In a Twitter post, he also called for his release. As he assessed, the politicization of the judicial system is unacceptable.
That Navalny should be released immediately, “bring the perpetrators of the horrific attack on his life to justice”, U.S. National Security Adviser Sullivan wrote on Twitter. He added that the Kremlin’s attacks on Navalny “they are not only a violation of human rights, but also an insult to Russian citizens who want their voice heard.”
Calls for the release of the Russian opposition leader are also coming from various European countries. Among other things, the Polish prime minister was called upon to release Navalny Mateusz Morawiecki, Czech Foreign Minister Tomaš Petriček and many Italian politicians. Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio expressed concern over the conduct of the Russian authorities.
Director of the Russian office of Amnesty International Natalia Zviagina has meanwhile assessed the arrest of Navalny “another proof that the Russian authorities are trying to silence him”. “His arrest only confirms the need to investigate his allegations that he was poisoned by state agents on orders from the highest levels,” she added.
The Foreign Ministry also called for Navalny’s immediate release
Last night, the Slovenian Foreign Ministry called for the immediate release of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. “The smooth functioning of opposition politicians is the foundation of a free democratic world,” they pointed out in a post on the social network Twitter.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has returned to Russia after several months in Germany due to newcomer poisoning. After landing at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport, when he went through passport control, he was arrested. Russia’s Federal Prison Service said he had been arrested for “several violations” of a suspended prison sentence for 2014 fraud and would remain in custody pending a court decision.
He faces about three and a half years in prison. His wife Julia, a spokesperson and a lawyer were allowed to enter the country. In Germany, Navalny was recovering from an August poisoning with a nerve agent in Siberia, which he blames on Moscow, which denies involvement.
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