Supporters of Russian opposition chief Alexei Navalny positioned a duplicate of the tiny “punishment cell” he has repeatedly been held in outdoors Russia’s embassy in Berlin on Tuesday, in an effort to lift consciousness of his destiny.
About 100 folks — together with Navalny’s brother Oleg — attended the demonstration on the German capital’s well-known Unter den Linden boulevard, some holding placards calling for the discharge of all political prisoners in Russia, others for Russian President Vladimir Putin to be tried for warfare crimes in Ukraine.
“There is a connection between what occurs to Alexei Navalny and the warfare in Ukraine,” stated organizer Leonid Volkov, who chairs the anti-corruption group Navalny based greater than a decade in the past.
Volkov stated the poisoning of Navalny in 2020 and his subsequent jailing upon getting back from Germany — he’s now serving a nine-year sentence for fraud — have been a part of a Kremlin crackdown on Russia’s opposition earlier than launching the assault on Ukraine.
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He stated Navalny had repeatedly spoken out in opposition to the warfare throughout court docket appearances. “Every time he does, he’s punished,” he added.
Volkov stated Russian authorities stay delicate to outdoors strain, comparable to when a whole lot of medical doctors petitioned for Navalny to be given medical remedy just lately.
“There are possibly indicators that they’re really listening within the Kremlin,” he stated. “Not as a result of they’re good folks — they’re not — not as a result of they’re humanistic, however as a result of they’re susceptible.”
Volkov instructed that Putin would possibly search to make use of Navalny in attainable future peace talks.
“He is aware of that in some unspecified time in the future in time he will likely be compelled into negotiations after which, okay, many choices will likely be on the desk,” he stated.