The arrest of Alexei Navalni has unleashed strong international condemnation. The Russian opposition leader awaits a judicial and political future full of uncertainty. One of Navalni’s lawyers has denounced on twitter that the police do not allow him access to his client.
“For me, a defense attorney with power of attorney, they do not allow me to access him (Navalni); they say that he is sleeping. Of course, they do not make any reference to the law,” lawyer Viacheslav Guimadi wrote on his Twitter account.
He added that the opposition leader is in the premises of Department No. 2 of the Ministry of the Interior in Khimki, a satellite city of Moscow, near Sheremetyevo International Airport, where he was detained.
The opponent was arrested upon returning after 5 months recovering in Germany. Navalni had reported that he was poisoned by the Russian secret services.
His wife has pointed out that the most important thing Alexei said is that he is not afraid. “I’m not afraid either. And I ask all of you not to be afraid. Thank you all very much for your support.”
The arrest has created tension between Russia and the West
The President of the European Council has indicated that this arrest is unacceptable and has demanded that he be released immediately.
The high representative of the European Union, Josep Borrell, has also called for his “immediate” release. “The politicization of justice is unacceptable”, added on twitter.
The United States has responded the same. Both the United States Government and the national security adviser to the president-elect of the United States, Joe Biden, demanded this Sunday the immediate release of the Russian opponent Alexei Navalni, detained when he arrived in Russia on a flight from Germany.
“Mr. Navalni should be released immediately, and those responsible for the inadmissible attack on his life must be held accountable,” wrote Jake Sullivan, Biden’s national security adviser, in a message posted on his Twitter account.
“The Kremlin’s attacks on Mr. Navalni are not only a human rights violation, but an affront to the Russian people, who want their voices to be heard,” Sullivan added.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been deeply concerned and recalled that confident political leaders are not afraid of what their competitors may say.
The German government has demanded that he be released without delay and recalled that Russia is bound by its constitution to protect the rights of its citizens. Several dozen supporters waiting for him at the airport were also detained. “We continue to hope that Russia will do everything possible to fully clarify this attack and bring the culprits to justice,” recalled German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.
The British Government on Monday expressed “deep concern” over the arrest of the Russian opponent. “We are deeply concerned about the arrest of Alexei Navalni on January 17. Instead of prosecuting the victim of this terrible crime, the Russian authorities should investigate how a chemical weapon was used on Russian soil,” said a statement released by the ministry British Foreign Office.
Russia says Western criticism of Navalni “seeks to divert attention”
“Of course, now we see how the news of Navalni’s return to the Russian Federation was grasped yesterday and how they received it with joy, because it apparently allows Western politicians to think that they can distract attention from the deepest crisis in which there is the liberal model of development, “said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
The opposition leader was arrested on Sunday as soon as he arrived in Moscow on a flight from Berlin, on the grounds that he is on a search-and-arrest list for failing to appear for the periodic review of a suspended 3.5-year sentence of prison issued against him in 2014 and which was declared illegal by the European Court of Human Rights.
In his annual press conference, the head of Russian diplomacy said that Moscow “is not satisfied with the trends it sees in the West, when elites to try to achieve their internal goals actively seek external enemies and find them in Russia, China. , Iran, North Korea, Cuba and Venezuela “.
“I am convinced that it is not necessary to look for external pretexts to justify its own actions or to distract attention from its internal problems,” said Lavrov, who said that instead “ways of cooperation must be found.”
“Russia tries to cooperate and operate constructively in the international arena. We do not want to discuss with other countries, but to sit at the negotiating table to discuss all kinds of solutions,” the minister stressed.
“We never received any proof. All we hear is that it is ‘highly probable’ and that only Russia has reason” to be behind all this, Lavrov alleged.