Canada Russia: Western countries condemn the repression of pro-Navalny protests

05:05  24 january  2021
05:05  24 january  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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The statement condemns a recent history of repression in Russia while vowing to consistently combat it, a departure from the Trump administration’s tone. Earlier this week, Kremlin-critic Alexei Navalny called for supporters to protest after he was remanded to pre-trial detention for 30 days.

Une manifestante participe à la mobilisation réclamant la libération de l'opposant russe Alexei Navalny à Moscou, le 23 janvier 2021. © AFP - KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV A demonstrator takes part in the mobilization demanding the release of Russian opponent Alexei Navalny in Moscow, January 23, 2021.

EU , the United States and Canada condemned the repression of the demonstrations of this Saturday, January 23 in Russia, organized at the appeal of the opponent Alexeï Navalny to demand his release, resulting in more than 2,500 arrests, as well as clashes in several large cities.

First to react, the EU, via its foreign minister Josep Borrell, deplored "the mass detentions" and "the disproportionate use of force" during the demonstrations on Saturday in Russia to demand the release of the opponent Alexei Navalny. "We will discuss the next steps with EU foreign ministers on Monday," he added in a tweet.

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Russian police have detained close aides of the jailed opposition politician Alexei Navalny , as a string of nationwide protests gets under way. Police have broken up demonstrations in the eastern Khabarovsk region, amid stern warnings for people to stay home.

On January 18, Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny released a video message calling on his supporters to take to the streets. Interest in the rallies skyrocketed after Navalny ’s Anti-Corruption Foundation published a major investigation into billion-dollar “palace” on the Black Sea supposedly

The United States also condemned Saturday the use by Moscow of "brutal methods" against the demonstrators. "We urge the Russian authorities to release all those arrested for exercising their basic rights and to immediately and unconditionally release Alexei Navalny," the new spokesperson for the US State Department wrote in a statement, Ned Price. For the new US administration, this repression is a worrying indication of the new restrictions imposed on Russian civil society. A hardening of tone wanted by Joe Biden, indicates our correspondent in Houston, Thomas Harms .

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Canada, declaring itself "deeply concerned", also called on the Russian authorities on Saturday to "immediately release" those detained on the occasion demonstrations. "We urge the Russian authorities to respect human rights and immediately release those detained," the Foreign Ministry said in a tweet.

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 Russia increases arrests of opponents ahead of demonstrations for Navalny © Supplied by Le Point L The Russian authorities arrested new supporters of the imprisoned opponent Alexeï Navalny on Friday, while others were to appear before courts on the eve of a day of protests planned across the country. Mr. Navalny's team, detained until at least February 15 and targeted by multiple legal proceedings, called for protests on Saturday in 65 Russian cities to demand the release of the main enemy of the Kremlin, "illegal gatherings" "according to the authorities.

The protests came six days after Mr. Navalny , a 44-year-old anti-corruption activist, was arrested upon his arrival in Moscow on a flight from Germany Russia ’s state media quickly made it clear that there was no chance the Kremlin would buckle under pressure, condemning the protests as a nationwide

Tens of thousands of Alexei Navalny supporters have protested across Russia in one of the A spokesperson for the US embassy condemned the violence against demonstrators, accusing Moscow of suppressing Russians ’ Pro - Navalny protests have kicked off in the Far East and now in Siberia

For its part, the United Kingdom urged Russia to respect international commitments in the area of ​​human rights. "We are very concerned about the detention of peaceful protesters and continue to monitor the situation closely," the British Foreign Office said. The NGO Amnesty International accused the police of having "indiscriminately beaten and arbitrarily arrested" demonstrators.

Mobilizations in a hundred cities

The main rallies took place in Moscow and St. Petersburg May demonstrations also took place in a hundred other cities, a movement of rare geographic magnitude in history recent from Russia. The crowds chanted “Thief Putin! »,« Navalny, we are with you! ”Or“ Freedom for political prisoners! ".

In Moscow, clashes pitted against several times in the afternoon police officers who beat demonstrators with batons who generally threw them snowballs, but also other projectiles. In the early evening, hundreds of people joined the Matrosskaya Tichina prison where Alexeï Navalny is being held, in northern Moscow. Police made arrests there, hitting protesters with batons and dispersing them.

In the capital, the anti-riot forces arrested at least 952 people, according to the specialized NGO OVD Info, which had recorded 2,509 arrests throughout Russia at around 6.30 p.m. UT.

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© AFP / Alexander NEMENOV Alexeï Navalny is targeted by multiple procedures which could lead him to serve a long prison sentence in Russia. Despite calls for the release of Alexei Navalny, the Russian authorities seem determined to see him serve a long prison sentence.

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