US demands Russia free Navalny ‘immediately and unconditionally’

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken condemns a Russian court’s prison sentence of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and demands his release.

“We reiterate our call for the Russian government to immediately and unconditionally release Mr. Navalny, as well as the hundreds of other Russian citizens wrongfully detained in recent weeks for exercising their rights, including the rights to freedom of expression and of peaceful assembly,” Blinken says in a statement.

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