A spokesperson of the European Foreign Ministry urged to respect human rights and release the detained protesters, the Interfax news agency reports on June 13.
According to Brussels, Russian citizens exercise their rights by holding rallies and demonstrations. “These fundamental rights are enshrined in the Russian constitution and we expect them to be protected, not eroded,” the statement says.
“We expect the Russian authorities to abide fully by the international commitments Russia has made, including in the Council of Europe and the OSCE, to uphold these rights, and release without delay peaceful demonstrators or those people who intended to exercise their fundamental rights,” the EU spokesperson said.
The USA also condemned the detention of hundreds of peaceful demonstrators across Russia, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said on June 12 at a briefing in Washington, the Voice of America reports.
At many rallies in support of Aleksey Navalny, members of radical right-wing movements were noticed. Also, Ukrainian radicals have shown solidarity with Aleksey Navalny, the Russian LIFE news agency reported on June 12.
On June 12, a wave of rallies organized by supporters of Aleksey Navalny took place across Russia. In most cities, these events were sanctioned by the authorities and brought no incidents. Detentions happened only when demonstrators went out for unsanctioned actions and violated public order, as they did, for example, in St. Petersburg, where about 500 people were detained. In Moscow, about 150 people were detained. Also, Aleksey Navalny himself was detained for urging people to go out for an unsanctioned rally on the Tverskaya street, while the Sakharov Avenue was approved for his sanctioned event.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency