The European Union calls Russian authority for releasing peaceful demonstrators and journalists detained on Saturday immediately, as it is stated in the statement of Maja Kocijančič, Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.
“The detention of over a thousand demonstrators and violence used against them by the Russian authorities across the country today threaten the fundamental freedoms of expression, association and assembly in the Russian Federation. The detention of journalists also threatens the freedom of the media. These fundamental rights are enshrined in the Russian constitution and we expect them to be protected, not eroded,” the statement says.
It was also stressed that “even if some of the demonstrations were not authorised in the location where they took place, this cannot justify police brutality and mass arrests”.
The EU called Russian authorities for observing the international obligations for protection of mentioned rights and demanded to release peaceful demonstrators and journalists immediately.
In its turn, Heather Nauert, Spokesperson for the United States Department of State, commented the situation in Russia on Twitter:
The United States condemns #Russia’s detention of hundreds of peaceful protestors and calls for their immediate release. Leaders who are secure in their own legitimacy don't arrest their peaceful opponents for protesting.— Heather Nauert (@statedeptspox) May 5, 2018