“Alexei Navalny and his associates have been targeted for their work in condemning official corruption,” Blinken tweeted. He called on the Russian authorities to release the opposition leader and end the persecution.
Navalny promised on the first day of the new trial that he would continue his struggle against the Kremlin.
Last year, the anti-corruption trust of a key critic of President Vladimir Putin was banned by Russian authorities. Several legal actions were initiated against its leaders.
Navalny, who was jailed for more than a year for violating parole in an old corruption case, will face a new trial against his opponent in a concentration camp. The opposition leader must have handed himself over to the authorities when he was being treated in Germany for the poison he blamed on the Kremlin. He still has a little 1.5 years to go before he believes the sentence is politically motivated in a sentencing colony in Pokro, 100 kilometers east of Moscow.
Navalny’s imprisonment is strongly opposed by Western nations and this new trial threatens to re-ignite tensions. “My position on Navalny is very clear. His sentence is inconsistent with the rule of law, “said German Chancellor Olaf Scholes, who visited Moscow on Tuesday.