Russia — Judge Sentences Navalny Despite European Court of Human Rights Appeal

Russia has decided that Vladimir Putin’s main rival, Alexei Navalny should remain behind bars. International pressure and the request of the European Court of Human Rights that the politician be set free with immediate effect apparently fell on deaf ears as the Putin led administration failed to be convinced to free the Russian firebrand opposition politician. 

EU — Russia Threatens to Cut Ties if New Sanctions

Russia threatened to break ties with the European Union on Friday if it dares slam it with new sanctions. The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, assured that Moscow is ready to break relations with Brussels if the umbrella body, comprising of 27 member states, introduces new sanctions that cause risks in sensitive sectors of the Russian economy.

U.S. and EU — Condemn Russia’s Arrests of Navalny Protesters

The US and the EU have strongly condemned the violent repression of the Russian security forces against the demonstrators demanding the release of the country’s opposition chief Alexei Navalny.  The brutal actions of the Russian security forces against the demonstrators who took to the streets across the country demanding the unconditional release of Navalny.

Trump Says US Will Look “Very Seriously” About Navalny Poisoning

US President Donald Trump on Friday while addressing a press conference announced that The United States intends to look “very seriously” at the case of the possible poisoning of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny. “It’s tragic. It’s terrible, it shouldn’t happen. We haven’t had any proof yet, but I will take a look,” Trump said.

Navalny in Germany – Questions Unanswered

The  Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been transported to Germany on Saturday. His diagnosis will not be known until the beginning of the next week. According to the doctors, Navalny continues to be in the serious condition. The German media already stated, that Germany does not believe in Putin or the Kremlin involvement in the poisoning of the Navalny.

Alexei Navalny, Well-known Putin Critic, Taken to Berlin for Treatment

Alexei Navalny, one of Vladimir Putin’s most famous politicians and critics, was transferred from a Siberian city to Berlin to continue his treatment. Navalny was taken to the hospital during a domestic flight due to complications from possible poisoning. According to Reuters, the plane carrying Alexei Navalny and his companions landed at Berlin Airport this Saturday morning (August 22nd).

“Biggest Police Operation in Modern Russian History” Targets Navalny

Russian police have carried out more than 200 raids in 41 cities across the country on Thursday against supporters of Alexei Navalny. As a result of the raids, in cities from Murmansk to Vladivostok, the police have arrested dozens of employees of Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation. Navalny is known as a staunch opponent of President Vladimir Putin, and for investigating the corruption of the Russian elite.

Demonstrators in Russia Arrested – Opposition Candidates Kept Off Ballot

Lyubov Sobol, an opposition leader in Russia, is among more than 300 people arrested for demonstrating without authorization in Moscow. Sobol was in a taxi ready to protest when police officers dragged her into a black van and rushed with her away. Protesters have been congregating in the Russian capital after authorities disqualified several opposition candidates from participating in local elections.