Law enforcement officers arrest a woman during a rally in support of imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in Moscow, Russia, on January 23, 2021. Reuters / Maxim Shimetov
The United States renounced the brutal Russian campaign against the followers of Alexei Navalny During the protests on Saturday. According to data from human rights organizations, Russian police have arrested more than 2,500 people across the country.
In a statement from Ned Price, the new spokesperson for the secretary of state, claims that the United States “firmly rejects” “harsh tactics” against protesters and journalists. Applied in various Russian cities.
The The arrest of Navalny and more than 2,500 of his supporters is “worrying signs of new restrictions on civil society and fundamental freedoms,” Added. We ask the Russian authorities The release of all detainees To exercise their universal rights and to immediately and unconditionally release Navalny, Price said.Protesters hold banners during protests in solidarity with Alexei Navalny. Reuters / David W. Cerny
The Foreign Ministry too He urged Moscow to cooperate “fully” with the international community’s “investigations into Navalny’s poisoning” And “credibly explain the use of chemical weapons” in their lands.
“The The United States will stand shoulder to shoulder with our allies and partners in the defense of human rightsIn Russia or wherever they are under threat. “Russian security forces officials severely suppressed protests in favor of imprisoned foe Alexei Navalny in Moscow. Reuters / Maxim Shimetov
He added that the arrest of Navalny and more than 2,500 of his supporters were “worrying signs of further restrictions on civil society and fundamental freedoms.”
Earlier, the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell also deplored the arrests and the “disproportionate use of force” in the demonstrations.
Watching with concern the current events in Russia. I condemn the widespread arrests, the disproportionate use of force, and the interruption of Internet and telephone communications. “ The head of community diplomacy wrote on his personal Twitter page.Alder boy Alexei Navalny. Reuters / Maxim Shimetov
Discount Alexei Navalny is in pre-trial detention after his arrest upon his return from Germany, Where he recovered from his poisoning last year.
In Russia, Tens of thousands of people across the country responded to Navalny’s call to demonstrate, He issued it after his arrest at Moscow airport. Saturday’s protests took on an unprecedented scale that extended More than 100 cities across the country.
Previous opposition demonstrations of this scale, In 2012 and 2019, they focused heavily on Moscow.
With information from Agence France-Presse
The European Union condemned the “mass arrests and disproportionate use of force” against the opposition demonstrations in Russia
More than 2000 people were arrested in various cities of Russia in the demonstrations in support of the opposition Alexei Navalny