Alexeï Navalny was sentenced for violating his judicial review.


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“The conviction of Alexey Navalny is unacceptable.

Political disagreement is never a crime.

We call for his immediate release ”.

Less than two hours after the conviction to more than two years in prison against the Russian opponent, Emmanuel Macron reacted strongly on the social network Twitter.

“Respect for human rights like that of democratic freedom is not negotiable,” he wrote.

France is not the only country to demand the “immediate release” of Alexeï Navalny.

Earlier, London, Washington and Berlin made the same wish.

"Today's verdict against Alexeï Navalny is a severe blow against fundamental freedoms and the rule of law in Russia," German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said, for example.

The condemnation of Alexeï @Navalny is unacceptable.

Political disagreement is never a crime.

We call for his immediate release.

Respect for human rights like that for democratic freedom is not negotiable.

- Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) February 2, 2021

A "perverse" decision

For their part, the United States expressed their "deep concern" after the condemnation of Russian opponent Alexeï Navalny, calling on Russia to release him "immediately and unconditionally".

“While working with Russia to defend the interests of the United States, we will coordinate closely with our allies and partners to hold Russia to account for failing to respect the rights of its citizens,” the chief said. of American diplomacy Antony Blinken in a press release.

The United Kingdom denounced a "perverse" decision of the Russian justice, which shows that the country of Vladimir Poutine does not fulfill the "most basic commitments expected from any responsible member of the international community".

According to the court responsible for trying him, Alexeï Navalny violated the conditions of the judicial control that accompanied his sentence, as he was accused of in a request from the prison services and the prosecution.

He will therefore have to spend two and a half years in detention, according to his organization, the Anti-Corruption Fund, which called for an immediate demonstration, just outside the Kremlin.


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