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Scholz denounces the increase in repression in Russia two years after the poisoning of Navalni

Olaf Scholz, Chancellor of Germany – Markus Scholz/dpa

Two years after the poisoning of Russian opponent Alexei Navalni, a “brave man,” German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has warned that Russia has tightened its crackdown on civil society after launching a military offensive against Ukraine in February.

“Freedom and democracy were already in danger before. But now freedom of expression is much more in danger and many are afraid to speak their minds,” Scholz said in a video released on Saturday.

The chancellor has emphasized that “one lives better in a democracy and in a rule of law” and has used the case of Navalni as an example of the treatment inflicted by the Russian authorities against those who leave the official line set by the Kremlin.

The opponent was urgently transferred in August 2020 after suffering nerve agent poisoning, in circumstances that have not yet been clarified. Navalni, currently in prison, has pointed to the Kremlin as responsible.

Scholz, who at that time headed the opposition in Germany, has explained that he spoke with Navalni during his stay in Berlin. “He came back to Russia because he wanted to fight for democracy, freedom and the rule of law,” he has noted.

Source: Europa Press

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