Russia Boots Three Diplomats

  • The 3 diplomats expelled for meddling into Russia.
  • One of the diplomats attended the protest on the January 23rd.
  • The diplomats violated the parameters of the international law pertaining the diplomatic status.

The Kremlin announced that three diplomats were ordered to leave Russia on February 5th after participating in protest. The diplomats expelled are from the Kingdom of Sweden, Republic of Poland and Germany.  That was the date, when Alexei Navalny and his team urged the public to take to the Russian streets and protest.

The Russian opposition leader and a convict Alexei Navalny.

The reason for the expulsion is a result of the illegal actions on the January 23, 2021. However, these diplomats actually chose to be involved in the protests, whilst violating the parameters pertaining to their diplomatic status.

The Swedish diplomat actually participated in the protests on the Nevsky Prospect in the St. Petersburg and was in the group of people, who chose to commit uncanny and violent activities towards the Russian law enforcement officers. It should be noted, the Swedish diplomat did not commit any acts of violence.

The Swedish embassy stated that their employee only watched the march. According to the Russian president Vladimir Putin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov, the Swedish diplomat called for speeches at the march.

Currently, Alexei Navalny is in jail and has been given a term of the 2.8 years in prison. There is also a new fraud case opened against the Navalny, but it is unknown, what type of charges could be laid. In addition, it is possible that Navalny will be charged with treason in the near future.

Nevertheless, it is unknown, if the treason angle is being pursued by the FSB.  FSB is the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation is the principal security agency of Russia and the main successor agency to the Soviet Union’s KGB.

The Anti Corruption Fund founded by the Alexey Navalny holds a status of the foreign agent in Russia and such has to be disclosed in the media.

The US, Germany, France, UK and Poland called on Russia to immediately release Navalny from jail. The Russian response mentioned the plight of the Julian Assange and inquired, when he would be released.

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs called the statements of  the Western countries on this topic a coordinated information campaign, the purpose of which is “a global attempt to contain our country, to interfere in its internal affairs.”

The Kremlin emphasized that Russia plans to have a discussion with the Joe Biden administration pertaining the US response to the protests.

Furthermore, the Russian Ministry of the Foreign Affairs expects that after the removal of the three diplomats, the other foreign diplomats will adhere to the International law parameters.

The president of Russia Vladimir Putin.

Moreover, Vladimir Putin stressed that everyone has the right to express an opinion, but “anything that goes beyond the law is not just counterproductive, but dangerous”, especially “in no case should minors be pushed forward”.

The uncoordinated rallies were held across Russia on January 23 and 31, despite the numerous warnings from the authorities. However, the January 31st protests across Russia were on the smaller scale.

At present, Navalny camp stated that there will not be any new protests for some time. To note, the key figures involved in the Navalny project in Moscow are on the house arrests and can’t leave their residences or use social media.

The Russian Ambassador in Germany  Sergey Nechaev was summoned to the German Foreign Ministry in the connection with the expulsion of a German diplomat from Russia. “State Secretary Miguel Berger asked the Russian ambassador to come to the Foreign Ministry for an urgent conversation and very clearly presented to him the position of Germany,” the source said.

Earlier, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, indicated that Moscow will respond to every case of interference in internal affairs by foreign diplomats in the Russian Federation in connection with the situation with Alexei Navalny.

Overall, it is clear, the foreign meddling into any political system of the sovereign countries is a concern. The Kremlin will defend the position pertaining the actions taken against the Russian citizen Alexei Navalny.

Christina Kitova

I spent most of my professional life in finance, insurance risk management litigation.

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