US calls treatment of Navalny ′politically motivated harassment′ by Russia | News | DW

The United States on Friday expressed concern regarding Russia’s treatment of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, calling it “politically motivated harassment.”

US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement: “His arrest upon return to Russia was already shameful, but the Russian Government’s insistence on harassing him further only highlights its insecurity and fear of those who speak the truth.” 

The statement called for his immediate release.

Navalny had earlier said that Russian prison authorities were limiting his contact with lawyers and were accusing him of “committing crimes directly from the prison facilities.”

Navalny said that all communication with his legal team was being subjected to three-day inspections by prison staff.

He also said he…

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