U.K. demands Russia release Navalny after ‘appalling’ arrest

Britain on January 18 demanded Russia immediately release Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and said Moscow should explain how he was attacked with a chemical weapon.

Also read: Release Navalny immediately, senior Biden aide tells Russia

“It is appalling that Alexei Navalny, the victim of a despicable crime, has been detained by Russian authorities. He must be immediately released,” Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said.

“Rather than persecuting Mr. Navalny Russia should explain how a chemical weapon came to be used on Russian soil.”

Russian police detained Mr. Navalny on arrival in Moscow on Sunday after he flew home to Russia from Germany for the first time since he was poisoned last summer.

‘Western anger meant to distract from problems at home’

Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Western countries’ expressions of outrage over the detention Mr. Navalny were designed to distract their own citizens from domestic problems.

You have reached your limit for free articles this month.

Subscription Benefits Include

Today’s Paper

Find mobile-friendly version of articles from the day’s newspaper in one easy-to-read list.

Unlimited Access

Enjoy reading as many articles as you wish without any limitations.

Personalised recommendations

A select list of articles that match your interests and tastes.

Faster pages

Move smoothly between articles as our pages load instantly.

Dashboard

A one-stop-shop for seeing the latest updates, and managing your preferences.

Briefing

We brief you on the latest and most important developments, three times a day.

Support Quality Journalism.

*Our Digital Subscription plans do not currently include the e-paper, crossword and print.

Thank You

Leave a Reply