Dominic Raab, the Foreign Secretary, has condemned the detention of the Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny. Navalny, an anti-corruption activist who was poisoned with the use of Novichok in 2020, has been detained for 30-days by the Russian authorities.
Raab said in a statement:
“It is appalling that Alexey Navalny has been detained on arbitrary charges. The UK Government calls for his immediate and unconditional release. Mr Navalny is the victim of a nerve agent attack, and the Russian authorities should investigate and explain the use of a chemical weapon on Russian soil.”
Amnesty International also called for Navalny’s release, issuing a statement saying:
“A popular political activist who has exposed corruption among Russia’s top officials and politicians, Navalny narrowly survived what has been independently confirmed as poisoning by a Novichok nerve agent on 20 August.
He has previously been tried and convicted in two separate, politically-motivated criminal cases. On 29 December, the Russian Investigative Committee levelled new charges against Navalny, accusing him of embezzling 356 million rubles (£3.6m) in donations to the Anti-Corruption Foundation and affiliated non-profit organisations. Amnesty believes these charges are trumped-up.”