The EU must unite and sanction the oppressors of Alexei Navalny

The Renew Europe Group in the European Parliament strongly condemns the detention of Alexei Navalny and his supporters, and the politically motivated repression carried out against them by the Russian authorities and calls for their immediate and unconditional release.

In a resolution today approved by the plenary, the European Parliament condemned the attempt on Alexei Navalny’s life and expressed its utmost concern about the shrinking space for political opposition, dissident voices and civil society in the Russian Federation.

MEPs also denounced the Russian Federation’s repeated use of chemical nerve agents against Russian citizens and calls on the European Council to take an active stance on this matter, including by sanctioning the individuals and legal entities involved in the decision to arrest and imprison Alexei Navalny. Moreover, the EU should impose additional targeted restrictive measures under the EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime against all individuals who were involved in or bear responsibility for the attacks against Alexei Navalny.

President of Renew Europe Group, Dacian Cioloş (USR PLUS, Romania), said:

“On behalf of Renew Europe, I strongly condemn the unlawful arrest of Alexei Navalny by Putin’s regime, one which reminds us of the Stalinist period more and more each day. Navalny’s courage and determination to unmask the vast web of corruption and the incompetence of this regime is inspiring. I call for his immediate release.

It is now time for the European Union to sanction all individuals responsible for the attacks on Alexei Navalny, including through the EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime. Moreover, it is also high time to substantiality increase our support to all civil society organizations and activists that fight for a democratic and free Russia.”