Washington accuses Moscow of not respecting the rights of Alexei Navalny

Washington accuses Moscow of not respecting the rights of Alexï Navalny


Washington on Friday accused Moscow of not respecting the rights of imprisoned Russian opponent Alexei Navalny, Vladimir Putin's main critic, in particular by not letting him “communicate freely with his lawyer”.

“The United States is deeply concerned that the Russian government is arbitrarily and increasingly interfering with the rights of Alexei Navalny,” US State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.

“Prison authorities interfered with the preparation of his defense and his ability to communicate freely with his lawyer”, for example by monitoring their meetings or causing delays in their exchange of documents, he said. he explained.

This is “new evidence of politically motivated harassment” targeting Alexei Navalny, as well as “his repeated solitary confinement for alleged minor offenses”, continued Ned Price.

This highlights “the fear felt by those who tell the truth” in Russia, he concluded, calling once again for the immediate release of the opponent.

Thursday, Alexeï Navalny claimed to have been deprived of confidential conversations with his lawyers.

In addition, according to him, each document exchanged with his defense will now be subject to a “verification for three days” by the prison administration.

“In truth, there is nothing left, formally, of my rights to the defense, which were already quite illusory”, had regretted this anti-corruption activist 46 years old.

Last March, Alexei Navalny was sentenced to nine years in prison under a “severe” regime for charges of embezzlement which he considers fictitious ves.