Alexei Navalny: 43 Countries Demand International Probe Into Russian Opposition Leader's Death

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Last Updated: March 04, 2024, 21:04 IST

Geneva, Switzerland

Policemen detain late Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny  during a rally in Moscow, Russia June 12, 2019. (Reuters File Photo)

Policemen detain late Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny during a rally in Moscow, Russia June 12, 2019. (Reuters File Photo)

Over 40 countries demand an independent international inquiry into the death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, holding President Putin responsible

More than 40 countries on Monday demanded an independent international investigation into the death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, the most prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin.

Navalny, 47, who died in an Arctic prison colony, was laid to rest in Moscow on Friday, surrounded by crowds of defiant mourners who chanted his name. European Union members, the United States, Britain, Ukraine, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Norway were among the countries to voice outrage over Navalny’s death at the UN Human Rights Council.

“We are outraged by the death of the Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny, for which the ultimate responsibility lies with President Putin and the Russian authorities,” EU ambassador Lotte Knudsen told the UN rights body. “Russia must allow an independent and transparent international investigation into circumstances of his sudden death. “Mr Navalny’s unexpected and shocking death is yet another sign of the accelerating and systematic repression in Russia.”

At #HRC55 a group of 43 countries expressed outrage about the death of #Navalny & the situation of the political opposition & HRDs in Russia. We strongly call on Russia to immediately and unconditionally release all other political prisoners & to end this climate of impunity. pic.twitter.com/IU1PJGGT7S— EU at the UN – Geneva #MultilateralismMatters (@EU_UNGeneva) March 4, 2024

‘Systematic crackdown’

The countries said they were deeply concerned about the “systematic crackdown on civil society” and the repression of political opposition within Russia and abroad. They urged Russia to immediately and unconditionally release all political prisoners, human rights defenders, journalists and anti-war activists detained for peacefully exercising their human rights and for opposing Russia’s war in Ukraine.

“We call on the Russian Federation to end this climate of impunity and create a safe environment for political opposition and critical voices,” the statement said. They also urged Russia to “abolish its oppressive legislation and end political misuse of the judiciary”. “Russia’s political leadership and authorities must be held to account,” said Knudsen. “Navalny’s courage, sacrifice and unwavering commitment to the cause of justice, freedom and democracy will never be forgotten.”

(With agency inputs)

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