BRUSSELS, Jan 17 (Reuters) – The European Union referred to as on Moscow on Monday to right away launch Alexei Navalny, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s most vocal critic, who was jailed a yr in the past in what the EU condemned as a politically motivated act.
“At present marks one yr for the reason that arrest and imprisonment of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny upon his return to Russia from life-saving medical therapy in Berlin after an assassination try on the Russian territory,” EU overseas coverage chief Josep Borrell mentioned in a press release.
“We reiterate our name on the Russian authorities for his fast and unconditional launch with out additional delay.”
Borrell additionally condemned what he referred to as a constant disinformation marketing campaign in opposition to Navalny and his associates in Russian state media, in addition to the persecution of members of the opposition chief’s community.
Russian authorities have in current months cracked down on teams affiliated with Navalny, 45, who’s serving two-and-a-half years in jail for parole violations associated to a fraud case he says was politically motivated.
In June, a Russian courtroom dominated that Navalny’s anti-corruption basis was “extremist”.
Navalny was flown to Germany for medical therapy in August 2020 after being poisoned in Siberia with what Western specialists concluded was the army nerve agent Novichok.
The Russian authorities has denied it was behind the poisoning and rejected the specialists’ findings – which prompted a recent wave of sanctions in opposition to Russia – and accused the West of a smear marketing campaign in opposition to it. (Reporting by Sabine Siebold; Modifying by Howard Goller)