State Department: Russian authorities continue to persecute Alexei Navalny

State Department: Russian authorities continue to persecute Alexei Navalny

State Department: Russian authorities continue persecution of Alexei Navalny

Alexei Navalny takes part in a court hearing in Moscow via video link, May 24, 2022   State Department: Russian authorities continue to harass Alexei Navalny

The United States is concerned about the actions of the Kremlin against the leader of the Russian opposition

The United States is deeply concerned about the escalation of violations of the rights of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny by the Russian authorities, the State Department said Friday night.

State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement that the administration of the colony in which the politician is being held is obstructing Navalny's communication with his lawyers. In particular, supervision was introduced over the meetings of the imprisoned oppositionist with his lawyers, and there were also delays in the exchange of documents between Navalny and lawyers.

“This interference, along with [Navalny's] repeated placement in solitary confinement for alleged minor violations, is further evidence of politically motivated persecution,” Price said in a statement. “His arrest upon his return to Russia was already embarrassing, but the Russian government's insistence on further persecution only highlights the authorities' uncertainty and fear of those who speak the truth. Once again, we join Navalny's family, colleagues and supporters around the world in calling for his immediate release.”

On Thursday, Alexei Navalny said prison authorities were stripping him of his attorney-client privilege and that all of his attorney papers were now will be subject to a check that will last three days.

Navalny said that now he communicates with his lawyers through “double plastic glass, inside of which there is a lattice.”

According to the politician, the prison administration stated that he continues to commit crimes while in prison, but declined to specify what those crimes were.