EU criticises Moscow court's ruling on Navalny's organisations

Photo: EPA Josep Borrell

The Moscow Court's ruling to label Alexei Navalny’s organisations as “extremist groups” marks the most serious effort to date by the Russian Government to suppress the independent political opposition and anti-corruption investigations, and to eliminate Navalny’s political networks’ influence ahead of the State Duma elections in September, the EU said in a declaration, issued by HR/VP Josep Borrell.

„It is an unfounded decision that confirms a negative pattern of a systematic crackdown on human rights and freedoms which are enshrined in the Russian constitution”, the document also said. Brussels urges the Russian Government to abide fully by its international obligations and commitments it has made, including in the Council of Europe and the OSCE, to uphold these rights.

The European Union also repeats the call for Navalny’s immediate and unconditional release as it consider his sentencing politically motivated and running counter to Russia’s international human rights obligations.

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