The appeal was supported by congressmen from both parties
Members of the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, Energy, and Environment of the Committee on Foreign Relations of the U.S. House of Representatives sent an appeal to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, calling for the immediate release of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny.
The appeal states, in particular, that Alexei Navalny has been detained on the basis of “dubious accusations at shameful court hearings.” The congressmen also called for the release of “all journalists and citizens arrested in retaliation for his return home, including those who tried to greet him at the airport.”
“We are deeply concerned about recent events, the systematic actions (…) of the Russian Federation to suppress freedom of speech, civil society, independent voices and perspectives in Russia. – reads the statement. – The United States Congress stands with the Russian people (…) who want their government to serve their interests, free from corruption and persecution. We will continue to explore all diplomatic and punitive measures in response to these egregious actions against Mr. Navalny and his supporters.
The authors of the appeal warn: “If Mr. Navalny or any of the journalists and citizens detained in connection with his imprisonment become victims of physical violence, we will immediately begin working with President Biden and his administration to ensure that the Russian Federation is held responsible for such gross and politically motivated human rights violations.