“The protests in the Russian Federation on January 31, 2020, were marked by a new spiral of human rights violations and brutal violence against protesters, as well as against journalists covering the events. Another act of suppression of the rights of Russian citizens to peaceful assembly and freedom of speech, arrests of the members of the opposition and representatives of the media, persecution of those who disagree with the aggressive policies of the Russian authorities inside the country and internationally are alarming evidence of further restrictions of fundamental rights and freedoms and violation of Russia’s international obligations in the field of human rights,” the message said.
The ministry added that the Russian authorities by their actions disrupt international peace and security. According to the Foreign Ministry, such actions cannot be left without a response from the international society.
“The time has come for more decisive actions and for bringing to accountability for violent acts against Russia’s people and aggression against the peoples of the neighboring countries. It is well known that the sense of impunity breeds violence. Therefore, all international mechanisms of pressure, including sanctions for human rights violations, must be applied without a delay,” the message said.
On January 31, 2020, the protests took place all over the territory of Russia in support of opposition politician Alexei Navalny. Before the beginning, the protesters faced all possible obstacles: in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, downtowns were blocked; in Novosibirsk, the snowbanks were taken on the pavement and put branches in it.
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