The UK has issued a statement on the third anniversary of the arrest of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

Minister for Europe, Leo Docherty said:

Today marks three years since Alexei Navalny was arrested.

His continued imprisonment is an indictment of Russia’s deteriorating human rights record, and demonstrates Russia’s contempt for freedom of speech and its international obligations. The Russian state’s increasing repression at home both enables and is driven by its aggression abroad.

Alongside our partners, we reiterate our call for Russia to immediately and unconditionally release Alexei Navalny and all those imprisoned on political grounds.

Published 17 January 2024