Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny on Jan. 18 urged Russians to take to the streets to protest his being put on trial for the previous cases.
|Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny was arrested as soon as she got off the airport.|
“Don’t be afraid, go to the street. Don’t be for me but for yourself and your future”, Mr. Navalny wrote on Twitter on January 18.
Navalny supporters are expected to protest across the country this weekend. An application for permission to march more than 10,000 people was also submitted to the Moscow government.
The Khimki court in Moscow arrested Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny until Feb. 15, according to Navalny’s defense lawyer.
On the evening of January 17, Mr. Navalny was arrested by Russian police at the passport control gate when he returned to his home country after a period of treatment in Germany for suspected poisoning.
Before that, when the politician announced he would return to Moscow, the prison administration agency in the capital said it would do everything to arrest him. The agency accused Mr. Navalny of violating the terms of a suspended prison sentence for embezzlement – a five-year case from 2014 involving the foundation he manages.
The Reuters news agency citing the Russian court’s ruling said that Mr. Navalny was held pending trial for violating a suspended prison sentence. This led Mr. Navalny to a prison term of many years. In addition, this character also faced many other criminal charges.
Immediately after Navalny’s arrest, the United Nations, the United States and many Western countries urged Moscow to release the opposition.
The US State Department urged Russia to immediately release opposition politicians, “asking the Russian Government to provide a level playing field for all political parties and candidates seeking to compete in the electoral process. “.
“Mr. Alexei Navalny is not a problem. We demand the release of him immediately and unconditionally” – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced.
Pompeo added that like people around the world, Russians deserve a government that favors an open market of ideas, transparent and responsible governance, an independent and capable justice system. the ability to exercise basic human rights of speech and assembly without fear of punishment.
Countries such as Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia urged the European Union to discuss punishing Russia for Navalny’s arrest.
Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova suggested that foreign officials respect international law and focus on their own internal affairs.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in the latest press conference stressed that the arrest of Alexei Navalny under the jurisdiction of law enforcement agencies, here refers to the enforcement of Russian law.
Commenting on Western countries’ calls to release Navalny, Lavrov stated that their aim was to distract people from the broad crisis of the broadcast model. development of democracy.
Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny became ill on a domestic flight from Siberia to Moscow on August 20, 2020. He was initially treated at Omsk Hospital (Siberia) after the plane made an emergency landing. Local doctors concluded that the metabolic disorder was the cause of his health deterioration, and confirmed that there was no trace of toxins in his body.
Two days later, he was transferred to Charité hospital in Berlin (Germany) for further treatment. Later, the German government claimed there was evidence he was poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok. Laboratories in France and Sweden also confirm this conclusion.
In September 2020, Mr. Navalny was released from the hospital. Moscow asked Berlin to provide biological materials to testify that this was a poisoning case so that Russia had a basis for opening a criminal investigation.