The United States has called for the immediate release of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is being held in solitary confinement in a Russian prison camp. The US government is freeing Navalny amid demands from his relatives, colleagues and supporters. US State Department spokesman Ned Price said this.
On Wednesday, Navalny tweeted that he would spend 15 days in solitary confinement, the fourth time he has been held at the prison camp in Melichovo. “The United States is deeply concerned about the Russian government’s escalating, indiscriminate interference with Alexei Navalny’s rights,” the statement said. According to Price, Russian officials would intercept communications between Navalny and his adviser. “This interference is further evidence of politically motivated persecution, along with solitary confinement for minor crimes,” it said.
In mid-August, Navalny called on the West from his prison cell to impose tougher sanctions on Russian oligarchs. Navalny is serving a nine-year prison sentence for fraud: the man is considered by many to be a political prisoner whose sentence was politically motivated. On January 17, 2021, Navalny was arrested in Moscow. He had just returned from Germany, where he was recovering from poisoning, and survived. The opposition leader was paroled after a controversial conviction in an old corruption case. But according to Justice, he violated the conditions of his release with a trip to Germany.