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10:52 am: Washington accuses Moscow of not respecting the rights of opponent Navalny

Washington on Friday accused Moscow of not respecting the rights of imprisoned Russian opponent Alexei Navalny, Vladimir Putin’s main detractor, in particular by not letting him « communicate freely with his lawyer ». « The United States is deeply concerned that the Russian government is arbitrarily and increasingly interfering with the rights of Alexei Navalny, » US State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.

« The prison authorities hampered the preparation of his defense and his ability to communicate freely with his lawyer », for example by monitoring their meetings or causing delays in their exchange of documents, he explained. This is « new evidence of politically motivated harassment » targeting Alexei Navalny, as well as « his repeated solitary confinement for alleged minor offences », continued Ned Price.

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