26 Aug, 2020

Liberals stand by Alexei Navalny

On 20 August, Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was hospitalised after his health rapidly deteriorated on a flight to Moscow due to a confirmed poisoning attempt. Since then, Navalny has been transported to receive care at a hospital in Germany, where he remains in serious condition.

Liberal leaders across Europe have reacted to the news. ALDE Party President Hans van Baalen has called for an independent investigation, as this is not the first time leaders of political opposition forces have been poisoned in Russia. Leader of the Renew Europe Group Dacian Cioloş has called for EU members to condemn the attempt on Navalny’s life. Russian ALDE Party member Yabloko and associate member Parnas have also expressed their wishes for Navalny’s speedy recovery. Putin bears political responsibility for Navalny’s life and more public control over police forces is needed, they say.

Alexei Navalny is one of the fiercest critics of the Putin regime. He has been arrested multiple times for protesting and was barred when he ran in the 2018 Presidential elections.

Photo credit: (c) Michał Siergiejevicz

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