Washington: The US has criticized the strict action taken by Russian authorities against protesters and journalists seeking the release of leader of the opposition Alexei Navalny in Russia. Navalny, the greatest critic and bitter critic of President Vladimir Putin, was arrested on 17 January on his return to Moscow from Germany. He was undergoing treatment in Germany for five months. Navalny has accused the Russian government of poisoning him.
The US State Department asked Russian officials to immediately release all those detained for exercising their global rights for the immediate and unconditional release of Navalny. Amid large-scale protests in Russia, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said, "We demand from Russia to cooperate fully in the international community investigation into the poisoning of Alexei Navalny, and to provide chemical Give reliable information about the use of weapons.
He said, "Before today's events, the Russian government made efforts to suppress freedom of expression and the right to have a peaceful gathering, harassed the organizers of the demonstration, threatened social media platforms and already arrested such people." Who could have joined the demonstrations. Price said that before that, there were strict restrictions in Russia for years, repressive actions were taken against civil institutions, independent media and political opposition.
Significantly, the Russian police on Saturday arrested hundreds of demonstrators on the streets demanding the release of Alexi Navalny, the government's most ardent opponent. Price said that America will stand shoulder to shoulder with its allies and partners to protect human rights everywhere, including Russia.