EU Calls For Release Of Russian Opposition Leader Alexiei Navalny

The European Union is standing in support of the release of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny by the Vladimir Putin administration, failing which the international body is expected to impose sanctions against the Asian country

Raghav N

January 27, 2021

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The European Union (EU) will consider imposing fresh sanctions on Russian individuals after the arrest of more than 3,500 protestors who gathered in the weekend to demand the release of opposition leader and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s biggest and most fierce critic Alexei Navalny, .

27 foreign ministers from Europe convened in Brussels on Monday on this matter, though a decision is expected to be held off on the sanctions till Navalny goes to court in February. The EU ministers are likely to wait and watch if the activist-politician will face arrest by Kremlin authorities. Some energy, financial and economic sanctions have already been implemented by the western body against the Putin government. Certain officials and close aids of the Russian president’s team also face the ire of the EU after the poisoning of Navalny.

However, Putin seems unbothered by the disruption of peace and widespread dissent of the public against his administration. Calling the agitation by the supporters of Navalny illegal and dangerous, he spoke to the media and a section of students reasoning that anti-governmental measures cannot be used to further one’s own political interests.

Alexei Navalny was poisoned last year in August in a hotel in Tomsk, allegedly by a Novichok agent planted on order by the federal rule. He was airlifted to Germany, where he recuperated before going back to his home country. He was arrested by the Russian police shortly after landing from Berlin in Moscow on 17 January in connection with a money-laundering case, which Navalny has himself called an illegitimate one and a false charge.

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