Sandra Brown 2/2/2021
The US demands from the Russian Federation to immediately release Navalny
The United States expressed deep concern over the verdict on the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and demand that the Russian Federation immediately release him.
This was stated by the US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.
вЂњThe United States is deeply concerned about the decision of the Russian authorities to condemn opposition figure Alexei Navalny to two years and eight months in prison, replacing a suspended sentence. Like every citizen of Russia, Mr. Navalny is entitled to the rights provided for by the Russian constitution, and Russia has an international obligation to respect equality before the law and the right to freedom of speech and peaceful assembly, вЂњ- said in a statement.
Blinken reiterated his call for the Russian government to immediately and unconditionally release Navalny, as well as hundreds of other Russian citizens illegally detained in recent weeks for exercising their rights.
The State Department recalls that the ECHR came to the conclusion that the conviction of Navalny in 2014, which became the basis for a new verdict, was вЂњillegal and arbitraryвЂќ and вЂњpolitically motivated.вЂќ
вЂњThe current proceedings against Navalny, which began with his arrest on January 17, are a continuation of efforts aimed at violating his rights and suppressing political pluralism, as previously established by the ECHR,вЂќ the statement said.
The State Department stressed that they will closely coordinate their activities with allies and partners in order to hold Russia accountable for the non-observance of the rights of its citizens.
On February 3, the Simonovsky Court of Moscow canceled the suspended sentence for Alexei Navalny in the вЂњYves Rocher caseвЂќ and appointed him a real term of 3.5 years in a general regime penal colony.
At the same time, more than 10 months were taken from the term, which the politician spent under house arrest. This means that Navalny has to spend about 2 years and 8 months in the colony.
TAGS: Alexey Navalny, USA, RUSSIA