Amnesty International revokes Navalny's status

James Marshall
February 26, 2021

Amnesty International said Wednesday that it no longer recognises jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny as a prisoner of conscience because of past "advocacy of hatred" comments but vowed to still push for his release.

However, the Amnesty did go on record to say Navalny still should be released from jail and that he has committed no crime. - The Kremlin's most prominent opponent Alexei Navalny faces two court decisions on Saturday that could seal a judge's ruling to jail him for several years, after he returned to Russian Federation following a poisoning attack.

The 44-year-old Kremlin critic was detained after spending months in Germany recovering from a poisoning attack and was then handed a almost three-year prison term in February for violating parole terms while overseas for medical treatment. He is set to spend just over two-and-a-half years behind bars.

"Some of these comments, which Navalny has not publicly denounced, reach the threshold of advocacy of hatred, and this is at odds with Amnesty's definition of a prisoner of conscience", Denis Krivosheev, the deputy director of Amnesty's Europe and Central Asia office, said in a statement.

Amnesty, which had named Navalny a "prisoner of conscience" on January 17 after his arrest, did not specify which comments it was referring to and said it was not aware of similar pronouncements made by him in recent years.

"Amnesty International took an internal decision to stop referring to". Mr Navalny has also been criticised for attending the Russian March, an annual nationalist rally that drew large crowds in Moscow in the 2000s.

In the second he posed as a dentist to argue that only by deporting immigrants could Russian Federation prevent inter-ethnic conflict and the rise of the far-Right. Russian news reports have previously indicated that Navalny, who has been held in a maximum-security jail in Moscow, would likely be sent to a facility in western Russia. "And we'll defend that right".

Earlier this week, European Union foreign ministers agreed to impose new sanctions against Russian officials linked to Navalny's jailing.

Alexander Golovach, a lawyer for Navalny's FBK anticorruption group, said he was renouncing an earlier "prisoner of conscience" status that Amnesty gave him in 2018 to protest.

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