The G7 Foreign Ministers have issued a joint statement condemning the arrest and detention of Alexey Navalny, an opposition leader who has been imprisoned in Russia. There was a mass protest in Moscow this week about the arrest of Navalny, known for his anti-corruption views, with Amnesty International calling for his release.
The joint statement mentioned:
“We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union, are united in condemning the politically motivated arrest and detention of Alexey Navalny.
We are also deeply concerned by the detention of thousands of peaceful protesters and journalists, and call upon Russia to adhere to its national and international obligations and release those detained arbitrarily for exercising their right of peaceful assembly on 23 January. The violent suppression by police forces of the right of individuals to express their opinion is unacceptable. These events confirm a continuous negative pattern of shrinking space for the opposition, civil society, human rights defenders and independent voices in Russia.”