US condemns Russia’s ‘harsh’ tactics against protesters

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken condemns Russian authorities for their “harsh” response to protests across the country that have called for the release of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.

“The US condemns the persistent use of harsh tactics against peaceful protesters and journalists by Russian authorities for a second week straight,” Blinken says on his official Twitter account.

“We renew our call for Russia to release those detained for exercising their human rights,” he adds after Russian police detained more than 1,000 people, including 142 in Moscow.

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