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EU calls Russia to respect fundamental freedoms

“Police operations in the Russian Federation today, attempting to disperse demonstrations and detaining hundreds of citizens, including opposition leader Alexei Navalny, prevented the exercise of basic freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly – which are fundamental rights enshrined in the Russian constitution,” – – said the statement of the European external actions service (EEAS).

“We call on the Russian authorities to abide fully by the international commitments it has made, including in the Council of Europe and the OSCE, to uphold these rights, and to release without delay the peaceful demonstrators that have been detained.”

On Sunday anti-corruption demonstrations took place in many Russian cities and towns ending in massive arrests of the participants, different sources indicate there are 1030 detained in Moscow. There is no data available about the other places. The majority of the cases are regarded as misdemeanors,  with subsequent charges to be established in nearest days by courts.

Alexei Navalny is at Court, where he asked the judge to invite Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, his request was refused.

 

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