Senator BenCardin: Putin is doing with Navalny the same as with Magnitsky
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Prominent American lawmaker and future chairman of the US Helsinki Commission – on the actions of Washington in connection with the verdict of the Russian oppositionist&# 160;
Politicians in the United States have received the news of the sentencing of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who received 3.5 years of real imprisonment in Moscow, with indignation and determination to react..
Many US senators condemned the Kremlin’s actions against Navalny and his supporters, as well as other protesters in Russia who were beaten and dispersed by the police with unparalleled brutality.
One of the members of the US Senate who immediately personally condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin for persecuting critics of the regime was Ben Cardin (Ben Cardin) – Democratic Senator from Maryland, renowned human rights defender and author of the Universal Magnitsky Act.
In an interview with the Russian service «Voices of America» Ben Cardin shared his reaction to the verdict of Alexei Navalny:
Danila Galperovich: What were your thoughts and feelings when you learned about the sentence to Alexei Navalny?
Ben Cardin: Well, that was a tragic moment. What Mr Putin is doing is repeating what happened to Sergei Magnitsky. This is unfair to Alexei Navalny and the people of Russia, and it must have consequences. We are going to raise this issue further and I expect the Senate to take action on Mr Putin’s behavior..
D.G .: The Kremlin definitely knew that Navalny’s verdict with a real prison term would cause international outrage. Why do you think he did it?
B.K .: You know that this does not contradict Putin’s previous behavior. It seems that he likes to violate the rights of people who disagree with him, he likes to suppress any opposition or voice of the people. This is tragic, this is unfortunate for the Russians. The protests continue and we strongly support the right of the people of Russia to protest peacefully. But we hope that Mr. Putin realizes that what he is doing is contrary to international norms. This is contrary to the interests of his own people, and we expect that he will allow Mr. Navalny to get out of prison unharmed, as well as allow people who do not agree with the authorities to be heard..
D.G .: You will soon take over as Chairman of the US Helsinki Commission – an association of members of Congress that represents the United States as a delegation to the OSCE. What can Washington do in international forums such as the OSCE, will the US act there in response to this verdict on Navalny??
B.K .: I think that, of course, there will be. I expect the Biden administration to initiate action in international organizations along with our allies to bring attention to Mr. Navalny and organize coordinated action against Russia because of this behavior. And within the framework of the US Helsinki Commission, we will certainly discuss this issue in order to raise the topic of Russia’s violations of its obligations, enshrined in the Helsinki Agreements. This is our right as an OSCE member state – ask questions to other member states of this organization, and we will do it – we will use the OSCE international forum to raise this issue