Navalny’s verdict: reaction
Putin critic Alexei Navalny receives jail sentence
Russian opposition leader sentenced to 3.5 years in prison
Russian judicial authorities on Tuesday sentenced Alexei Navalny to 3.5 years in prison.
As reported by Radio Liberty, the Simonovsky court in Moscow decided to send Navalny to a colony. The suspended sentence, which he received in one of the criminal cases in 2014, was replaced by 3.5 years in a general regime colony. The politician will spend a little less time in prison, since he spent several months under house arrest. This is his first real term.
According to the independent monitoring group OVD-Info, on Tuesday, before and after the announcement of the verdict to Navalny, Russian police detained more than 500 people..
The verdict of the Russian opposition leader provoked a sharp reaction from the US political circles.
Secretary of State Anthony Blinken Expresses United States Deep Concern About Navalny’s Sentence.
“Like any Russian citizen, Mr. Navalny must enjoy the rights provided by the Russian constitution, and Russia has international obligations to observe (the principle of) equality before the law and the right to freedom of speech and peaceful assembly,” the US Foreign Minister said in a statement..
American lawmakers reacted to the verdict of the opposition leader.
“The brutal absurdity of Putin’s leadership found its expression in the fact that Alexei Navalny was sentenced to prison for not showing up to the parole inspector (at the time) when he was in a coma, being poisoned by Putin’s FSB,” he said Senator Mark Warner, who will head the Intelligence Committee in the new Senate.
“The Russian authorities must … immediately release Navalny,” the legislator emphasized.
The sentence to Navalny fully expressed the cowardice of the Kremlin leadership, Senator Bob Menendez tweeted, calling Tuesday’s incident a failure for democracy advocates around the world..
Describing the Navalny trial as a parody of the trial, Senator Ben Sass said: “This verdict … only proves that Vladimir Putin is afraid of the Russian people striving for freedom and legality.”.
The sentencing of Navalny, according to which he must spend more than two years in prison, according to a verdict that was declared illegal and politically motivated, is a huge injustice and further evidence that Putin is afraid of any political opposition, – said Congressman Michael McCall.
The verdict of the Russian court was condemned by human rights activists.
“The sentence passed today, requiring Alexei Navalny’s imprisonment in a correctional colony for three and a half years, is a challenge to all objectivity and runs counter to Russia’s international obligations to respect human rights,” said Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunya Mijatovic on February 2.
“Taking revenge on Alexei Navalny and his supporters, the Russian authorities have finally destroyed the remnants of justice and respect for human rights. The politically motivated verdict handed down to Alexei Navalny shows the true face of the Russian authorities, which seem to intend to arrest anyone who dares to speak out against their crimes and human rights violations, ”Natalya Zvyagina, Director of Amnesty International’s Russian office, said in a statement..
Recall that the other day, US President Joe Biden, in a telephone conversation with Vladimir Putin, appealed to him with an appeal to immediately release Navalny. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced the possibility of imposing new sanctions against Moscow in connection with the situation around the opposition politician.
EU leaders have repeatedly expressed support for Navalny.
Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on Tuesday asked the Council of Europe and the OSCE to demand the release of Navalny and his supporters, as well as an investigation of human rights violations against these persons.
Navalny was detained on his return to Moscow on January 17 and accused of violating parole rules. This situation sparked national protests and sparked talk of new Western sanctions..
On Sunday, riot police dispersed protests across Russia, detaining more than 5,000 people. More than 100 people were detained on Tuesday near a courthouse in Moscow when the issue of imprisoning Navalny for up to three and a half years was being considered.
The foreign ministers of the three Baltic states on Tuesday sent letters to the Council of Europe (CoE) and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), stating that Russia is violating the European Convention on Human Rights by reprisals against human rights defenders, civil society and the media. said in a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania.
“We express the hope that the OSCE and the Council of Europe will take immediate action and all possible measures to end police brutality against the protesters and demand the release of the arbitrarily detained Russian citizens, including Alexei Navalny,” said Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielus Landsbergis.
The Council of Europe established the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg; the court monitors compliance with the European Convention on Human Rights.
In June 2019, the CE again admitted Russia to its ranks, lifting the sanctions imposed in connection with the annexation of Crimea in 2014.
Russia is also one of the 57 members of the OSCE.
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