UN calls on Putin regime to release Navalny & supporters

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This photo released by Philipp Kyznetsov from his instagram account philipp_kuznetsov, shows a group of detained people inside the police bus in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. Russian protesters spent hours packed inside the vehicles and lodged in corridors of police precincts as authorities struggle to allocate thousands of people arrested during the rallies sparked by arrest of the opposition leader Alexey Navalny. (Philipp Kyznetsov via AP)

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UPDATED 7:07 AM PT – Thursday, February 4, 2021

The United Nations has called for unconditional release of Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny, along with the thousands of protesters detained during recent demonstrations.

On Wednesday, the UN Human Rights body said Navalny’s prison sentence is baseless and politically motivated. The intergovernmental organization added, detentions of protesters by the Putin regime contradict the Russian Constitution and its international obligations.

“We are deeply dismayed by the sentencing of Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny by a court in Moscow yesterday to two years and eight months imprisonment for allegedly violating the conditions of a 2014 suspended sentence in an embezzlement case that the European Court of Human Rights had already unanimously found to be arbitrary, unfair and manifestly unreasonable,” stated Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

The European Union also said the criminal case against Navalny has no real basis behind it. Officials said they may seize personal wealth of Putin regime officials unless Navalny and his supporters are released.

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