BY- HONEY MATHEW
A judge in Moscow has directed them to hold Alexei Navalny for 30 days in custody until a parole review is released which could lead to his long-term imprisonment. Though international leaders from the US and the EU, joined with activist Edward Snowden, a Russian resident, has condemned this arrest. The Kremlin has continued to proceed with the legal framework it needs to send one of the most persistent opponents of Vladimir Putin to a penal colony by the month’s end. Navalny, responding to this has called for a mass protest, the size of which would determine whether he would walk free or be given a long prison sentence.
The incoming US administration has condemned the arrest and suggested that the human rights agenda will return to Moscow after this week. Joe Biden’s incoming national security adviser has called for his immediate release. The British Foreign Office has expressed the grave nature of the matter, where the victim of a terrible crime is being prosecuted rather than investigating how a chemical weapon was used in Russia. However, Kremlin has met with threats of sanctions and cautioning notes from the UK in a disdain manner.
Navalny, from his early days of being an open nationalist politician and Livejournal Blogger, has built a powerful operation, a campaign strategy, and investigative journalism probing into matters of corrupt officials with many having ties with Putin and his own poisoning at the hands of FSB hit squad. Despite this, he lacks the kind of support that would let him have a head-on with the Kremlin authorities. In Russia, he is televised as a dangerous revolutionary, which was believed by many riot police with helmets who were deployed before his arrest in Moscow.
Through this ordeal, Kremlin has been silent with Putin never mentioning him by his name rather as ‘German patient’ propounding that Navalny was backed by western intelligence services.