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Washington « deeply concerned&nbsp ;» of the absence of Navalny

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Russian opponent Alexeï Navalny, by videoconference, for a hearing during which he appealed his sentence in May 2022 in Moscow. (Archive photo)

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The head of American diplomacy Antony Blinken said on Saturday he was “deeply concerned” about the lack of information regarding the location of Russian opponent Alexeï Navalny, whose relatives have not heard from him since the beginning of December.

We are deeply concerned not to know where Alexei is Navalny, who has been missing in the Russian prison system for nearly three weeks.

A quote from Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State, on X (formerly Twitter)

We once again call for his immediate release and an end to the relentless repression of independent voices in Russia, he added.

Supporters of the opponent, imprisoned in early 2021 after surviving an assassination attempt by poisoning that he blames on the Kremlin, have not heard from him since the beginning of the month.

They fear his transfer to another prison with a stricter regime, a procedure which often takes weeks in Russia, a huge territory meshed with penitentiary establishments inherited from the Soviet era and many of which are located in reclusive regions. of the country.

Alexei had to have an audience now. He did not show up again, lamented Thursday Kira Iarmich, the exiled spokesperson for the anti-corruption activist. It's been 16 days since we had any information on Alexeï, she lamented about the opponent who is currently serving a 19-year sentence for extremism.

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On December 11, the White House was said to be very concerned by the lack of news concerning Alexeï Navalny, and several NGOs and foreign officials have also reacted since.

Monday, Mariana Katzarova, special rapporteur United Nations on the human rights situation in Russia, expressed alarm at the forced disappearance of the leading figure of the Russian opposition.

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