The European Union has issued a stern condemnation of Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny by the authorities in Moscow. On January 18, a Statement from the President of the European Commission following the detention of Alexei Navalny stated: “I condemn the detention of Alexei Navalny yesterday by the Russian authorities, upon his return to Russia. The Russian authorities must immediately release him and ensure his safety. Detention of political opponents is against Russia’s international commitments. We also continue to expect a thorough and independent investigation on the attack on Alexei Navalny’s life. We will monitor the situation closely”.
Navalny is a Russian opposition political figure who was detained by Russian authorities as he came back to his country after five months. On 20 August 2020, Navalny was hospitalized and left in a serious but stable condition after a Novichok poisoning during a flight from Tomsk to Moscow. He was transported to Berlin on a medical evacuation flight and discharged on 22 September. The EU and the UK imposed sanctions over Navalny’s poisoning on six senior Russian officials and a state chemical centre.
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