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The EU calls for Navalni’s release three years after his arrest

The European Union called on Wednesday for the release of Russian opponent Alexei Navalny, three years after his arrest and after he reappeared three weeks ago in a prison near the Ural Mountains, almost 2,000 kilometers from Moscow.

In a statement on behalf of the EU, European diplomacy chief Josep Borrell said Navalni continues to serve politically motivated sentences amounting to more than 30 years and suffers persistent mistreatment with serious risks to his life.

“Russia’s political leaders are responsible for the safety, health and well-being of Navalny and other prisoners and will be held accountable,” the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs said.

Borrell also called for the immediate and unconditional release of other Russian oppositionists such as Vladimir Kara-Murza, Ilya Yashin, Alexei Gorinov, Lilia Chanysheva, Ksenia Fadeeva and Ivan Safronov.