The US State Department has condemned the violence of Russian security officials against protesters on January 23, and also demands the release of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. This was reported by the press service of the US State Department.
"The United States strongly condemns the use of harsh tactics against protesters and journalists this weekend in cities throughout Russia. Prior to today’s events, the Russian government sought to suppress the rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression by harassing protest organizers, threatening social media platforms, and pre-emptively arresting potential participants. This follows years of tightening restrictions on and repressive actions against civil society, independent media, and the political opposition," the statement informs.
It is noted that Russians’ rights to peaceful assembly and to participate in free and fair elections are enshrined not only in the country’s constitution, but also in Russia’s OSCE commitments, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and in its international obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
"We call on Russian authorities to release all those detained for exercising their universal rights and for the immediate and unconditional release of Aleksey Navalny. We urge Russia to fully cooperate with the international community’s investigation into the poisoning of Aleksey Navalny and credibly explain the use of a chemical weapon on its soil," State Department stated.
As we reported earlier, on Saturday, January 23, rallies began in various cities of Russia. Tens of thousands of people gathered to protest Navalny’s detention, demanding his immediate release.