Michel also called for a thorough investigation of the poisoning of the oppositionist.
President of the European Council Charles Michel in a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin called on him to assist in the release of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
Michelle tweeted about it. During my call to President Putin, I stressed that the European Union unanimously condemns the detention of Alexei Navalny, a senior European official wrote. Also, according to him, Russia should urgently conduct a full and transparent investigation of the attempt to poison an opposition politician in August..
The Kremlin’s message about the conversation between the head of the European Council and Vladimir Putin literally notes in one line that at the request of Charles Michel, the situation around A. Navalny was also touched upon. Before that, the text on the website of the President of Russia says that the interlocutors thoroughly discussed the state of affairs in relations between Russia and the European Union, with an emphasis on the need to build pragmatic cooperation.
On January 17, Alexei Navalny was detained upon arrival in Moscow from Berlin, where he was undergoing treatment and rehabilitation. Later he was arrested for 30 days at the request of the Federal Penitentiary Service. The oppositionist is accused of violating the obligation of a conditionally convicted person in the so-called Yves Rocher case, which Navalny himself calls politically motivated. On February 2, Navalny may have a suspended sentence of three and a half years replaced with a real one.
On January 21, the European Parliament adopted a resolution in connection with the persecution of Navalny. The MPs demanded that the EU leadership stop the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and impose sanctions on individuals and legal entities involved in the decision to arrest and arrest Alexei Navalny, including against people from Putin’s entourage.
On August 20 last year, a Russian opposition politician was urgently hospitalized in Omsk, unconscious. Two days later, Navalny was taken to the Charite hospital in Berlin, where experts found traces of a toxic substance from the Novichok group in his body. Russian authorities deny that Navalny was poisoned, no criminal case has been opened.
According to Alexei Navalny, he knew that he could be detained upon arrival in Russia, but did not abandon plans to return.
After the arrest in Moscow, the Anti-Corruption Foundation of Alexei Navalny published a high-profile investigation of the so-called Putin’s palace – a complex near Gelendzhik worth billions of rubles. Navalny’s investigation claims that this complex was built with the money of state corporations and businessmen from the circle of the President of Russia..
The Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov, answering journalists’ questions about this film, which received a record number of views on Youtube on Friday, called the investigation a lie and high-quality cranberries. Peskov claims that Vladimir Putin is not related to any objects in Gelendzhik and has never been there.
On January 23, all over Russia, supporters of Alexei Navalny are preparing actions in his support. There are reports of activists being detained from many regions. The authorities warn about the illegality of the planned actions.