“The detention of Alexei Navalny upon his arrival in Moscow is unacceptable. I call on the Russian authorities to release him immediately,” said European Council President Charles Michel.
EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Joseph Borrell urged Moscow to “respect the rights of Alexei Navalny and release him immediately” on Twitter.
“The politicization of the judiciary is unacceptable,” Borrell said.
A statement from the French Foreign Ministry states that “like its European partners, [Francija] follows this situation with the utmost vigilance and calls for his immediate release “.
Italian Foreign Minister Luigi di Mayo has called Navalny’s detention a “very serious case” in a tweet.
“We are asking for his immediate release. And we expect his rights to be respected,” Mayo said.
Polish Prime Minister Matthew Moravecki said on Twitter that “the arrest of Navalny is another attempt to intimidate the democratic opposition in Russia. A swift and unanimous response at EU level is essential. Respect for citizens’ rights is a cornerstone of democracy.”
A statement by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that “we note with deep concern that his detention is another attempt to silence Navalny and other members of the opposition and independent voices criticizing the Russian authorities.”
Jake Sullivan, the national security adviser to newly elected US President Joe Biden, called Navalny’s arrest on Twitter “not only a violation of human rights, but an insult to the Russian people who want their voices heard.”
It has already been reported that the arrest of Navalny has also been condemned by the Prime Minister of Latvia Krišjānis Kariņš and the Foreign Ministers of the Baltic States.
Navalni was arrested on Sunday after returning to Russia from Germany, where he recovered more than four months after poisoning with the war substance “Novichok”.
Shortly before his arrest at a briefing at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport, Navalni said he was happy to return to Russia and was not at all afraid of the prospect of arrest and re-prosecution. “This is the best day of the last five months,” Navalny said.
The Russian Federal Penitentiary Service explains Navalny’s detention on the grounds that Navalny had violated the terms of his suspended sentence. The service has also asked the court to replace the three-and-a-half-year suspended prison sentence imposed on Navalny with actual imprisonment.
A Russian court has found Navalny guilty of fraud and robbery of Yves Rocher’s assets, with the opposition calling the case fabricated.
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