A prominent Russian opposition leader was transferred from Moscow to one of the colonies.
As Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, according to his lawyer, was transferred from a Moscow prison to a hitherto unknown colony, the United States once again called on Moscow to release Navalny and other people who were detained for actions to which they are entitled under the Russian constitution. This was stated by the official representative of the State Department, Ned Price.
When asked by a journalist to comment on how the United States views the actions of the Russian authorities, and whether Washington believes that Navalny’s life is in danger, Price confirmed that “we reiterate our calls to Russia to release those who were detained only because they used the rights given to each of the people, in many cases – no more than the rights guaranteed to them by the Russian constitution, this also applies to Mr. Navalny.”
The United States condemns Moscow’s attempts to “silence the Russian people, including members of the opposition.”
Price recalled that the United States stands in solidarity with its Western partners in this regard.
“We will continue to speak unequivocally about this together with our partners and allies, demanding the release of Navalny and supporting the rights and democratic aspirations of the Russian people,” the State Department spokesman said, adding that Russian residents took to the streets of their cities, taking advantage of the rights guaranteed to them by the country’s constitution.
Alexey Navalny was transferred from the Moscow pre-trial detention center on Thursday after the court changed his suspended sentence in the Yves Rocher case to a real one.
It is still unclear exactly where Navalny was sent. Earlier, the deputy chairman of the PMC of Moscow, Nikolai Zuev, said that Navalny would serve his sentence in one of the colonies of the Central Federal District of Russia.