US Helsinki Commission leaders condemn Navalny’s arrest and suppression of peaceful protests in Russia

Calls for mass protests in Russia after opposition leader is sentenced to prison

US Helsinki Commission leaders condemn Navalny's arrest and suppression of peaceful protests in Russia

Senators and congressmen demanded that the Kremlin release the oppositionist and abandon the suppression of peaceful protests

The leaders of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the US Helsinki Commission, Congressmen Elsie Hastings, Joe Wilson, and Senators Roger Wicker and Ben Cardin issued a statement condemning the recent arrest of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, brutal crackdowns on peaceful protests across Russia and searches. spent in the office and homes of Navalny’s family and his colleagues.

“The protesters who support the release of Navalny … should not be beaten in the streets and treated like criminals. The real criminals are those who allow Putin and his accomplices to rob the Russian people, ”said lawmaker Elsie Hastings.

“What happened to Alexei Navalny can be called a mockery. Poisoned on the orders of the Kremlin, he returned to Russia only to be arrested on charges of a “crime,” which is that he showed a real picture of the corruption and violence ingrained in Putin’s system. Those who reveal the truth should be rewarded, not condemned, ”said Senator Wicker in a statement..

Congressman Wilson suggested that “if Vladimir Putin were not afraid of Navalny and his anti-corruption movement, he would not have gone to great lengths to silence them … He understands that if the truth is revealed, then his power is in danger.”.

Senator Cardin demanded from the Russian authorities to allow Navalny “to return to his family and work without further persecution from the Kremlin.”.

“The Russian people have the right to peaceful protests and protection of the country’s future, without fear of harsh revenge from Putin,” said Cardin.

At the same time, on Friday, January 29, the Tverskoy Court of Moscow satisfied the request of the investigation and sent all those detained under house arrest in the so-called sanitary case initiated after the actions on January 23 in support of Alexei Navalny..

Among them are FBK lawyer Lyubov Sobol and the oppositionist’s brother Oleg Navalny. They were given electronic bracelets. Those arrested are accused of violating the sanitary and epidemiological restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic.

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On January 31, in many Russian cities, mass protests will take place demanding the release of Navalny.

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US Helsinki Commission leaders condemn Navalny's arrest and suppression of peaceful protests in Russia

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