Chairman Menendez Statement on Sentencing of Russian Activist Alexei Navalny
Thursday, July 18, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in response to the sentencing of Russian activist Alexei Navalny.
“One by one, opposition voices are being silenced in Russia and today’s conviction of Alexei Navalny only adds to that steady drumbeat,” said Menendez. “Russia is returning to its old authoritarian ways where opposition voices were silenced and trumped up charges ended in unfair verdicts, oftentimes resulting in imprisonment for the falsely accused. The Russian government must reverse course and end this assault on people’s freedoms and right to political expression. It can begin by freeing Alexei Navalny.”