The mission’s statement called Navalny’s arrest and suppression of protests “troubling signs.
The U.S. Mission to the OSCE issued a statement condemning the brutal crackdown on recent peaceful protests in Russia and the harassment of independent media, political opposition, and civil society in the country.
“The right to peaceful assembly is enshrined in the Russian Constitution. It is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and OSCE commitments which Russia has voluntarily accepted. Moreover, Russia is obliged to respect peaceful assemblies as a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,” stresses the statement.
“The arrest of oppositionist Alexei Navalny and the subsequent crackdown on protests are troubling signs that the Russian government is attempting to further restrict civil society and the exercise of human rights and fundamental freedoms in violation of its obligations,” the document further reads.
“We join numerous concerned members of the international community in calling on the Russian authorities to release all those detained for exercising their human rights and to release Alexei Navalny immediately and unconditionally. We urge Russia to cooperate fully with the international community in investigating the poisoning of one of its citizens and to credibly explain the use of chemical weapons on its territory,” said the U.S. Mission to the OSCE.