'Traitors'! Russian Spokesman Has Harsh Words For Navalny Opposition

Published February 9th, 2021 - 12:28 GMT
A demonstrator demanding the release of the detained Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny holds a placard outside the Russian embassy in Stockholm, Sweden, on January 23, 2021. The 44-year-old Chief Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was arrested at his return in Moscow after spending several months in Germany recovering from a poisoning attack that he said was carried out on the orders of President Vladimir Putin Fredrik SANDBERG / TT News Agency / AFP
A demonstrator demanding the release of the detained Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny holds a placard outside the Russian embassy in Stockholm, Sweden, on January 23, 2021. The 44-year-old Chief Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was arrested at his return in Moscow after spending several months in Germany recovering from a poisoning attack that he said was carried out on the orders of President Vladimir Putin Fredrik SANDBERG / TT News Agency / AFP
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Zakharova also criticized Poland, Germany, and Sweden for the expulsion of Russian diplomats in retaliation for a similar move earlier by Moscow.

Russia has accused the associates of opposition figure Alexei Navalny of treason for pushing the West to consider possible sanctions against the Kremlin over his imprisonment.

A team of Russian opposition figures held an online meeting with representatives of Western countries in Poland’s permanent mission to the European Union (EU) on Monday. Diplomats from more than 20 countries, including Britain, the United States, Canada, and Ukraine, attended the two-hour meeting.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova called the team of the Russian figures “traitors” who held talks with people “who see Russia either [as] an adversary or an enemy or an aggressor.”

“This is what our so-called Western partners are doing,” she said on Tuesday. “They’re continuing an absolutely illegitimate, illegal, and aggressive attack on us.”

The head of Navalny’s regional network, Leonid Volkov, said they had discussed imposing restrictions on “Russian oligarchs linked to President Vladimir Putin” with the foreign representatives.

“These sanctions are in the name of and in the interests of Russia,” he asserted.

Zakharova also criticized Poland, Germany, and Sweden for the expulsion of Russian diplomats in retaliation for a similar move earlier by Moscow.

Russia expelled diplomats from the three EU countries for their participation in unauthorized rallies in support of Navalny in Moscow.

A court in Moscow sentenced Navalny to three and a half years in prison last week for breaking the terms of a suspended sentence he had received seven years ago for an embezzlement case.

Last month, Russian police detained Navalny on arrival at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport from Germany, five months after he was transferred to a hospital in Berlin to be treated for what the West alleged had been a nerve agent attack by Russia.

Moscow has repeatedly rejected the allegations, saying the West is exploiting the case for political reasons and using it as a pretext to impose more sanctions against Russia.

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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