The European Union urges Russia to free the detained partakers of anti-corruption meetings. The European External Action Service reported this citing the statement of the office of Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.
EU claimed that the detainment of the hundreds of the peaceful demonstrators and use of force from the side of the Russian authorities in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other cities place under the threat the main freedoms of expressions, association and meeting in Russia.
‘These mains rights are written down in the Constitution of Russia and we expect that they will be protected and not undermined. We expect that Russian authorities will stick to commitment that Russia undertook in the European Council and OSCE to observe these rights and will free the peaceful and demonstrators and people who wanted to use their rights’, the message reports.
The meetings against corruption took place in many cities of Russia on June 12, Day of Russia. As the result, a few hundreds of people were detained, including Aleksey Navalnyi, the opposition member.