President-elect Joe Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, called on the Kremlin to free Russian dissident Alexei Navalny on Sunday after Navalny was detained almost immediately upon his return to the country.
In a tweet, Sullivan wrote that the assassination attempt on Navalny last year was an “outrageous attack” and said that Navalny should be “immediately released.”
Mr. Navalny should be immediately released, and the perpetrators of the outrageous attack on his life must be held accountable. The Kremlin’s attacks on Mr. Navalny are not just a violation of human rights, but an affront to the Russian people who want their voices heard.
— Jake Sullivan (@jakejsullivan) January 17, 2021
The Russian opposition leader was taken into custody Sunday upon arriving in Moscow from Berlin, where he was recovering from an almost-fatal poisoning that Navalny and his supporters say had been ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Navalny said in an Instagram post last week that threats of his arrest were an attempt by Putin to discourage his return.
“Putin is stamping his feet demanding to do everything so that that I don’t return home,” Navalny said Wednesday. “The people who tried to kill me got offended because I survived and now they are threatening to put me behind bars.”
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