The Russian embassy in London criticized the statements made by the British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab, after a court ruling was issued in Moscow to imprison the dissident Alexei Navalny.
On Tuesday, the British minister demanded the immediate release of Navalny without any preconditions, accusing Moscow of violating “its basic duties that are supposed to be performed by every responsible member of the international community.”
The Russian embassy said it was “surprised” by the blunt and unprofessional accusations made by Dominic Raab, a diplomat and jurist who rejects the right of Russian justice to apply Russian legislation to Navalny for violating the conditions of his house arrest “after his conviction of embezzlement.
And the embassy continued: “Wasn’t Assange condemned by the British judiciary for violating the conditions for his release on bail?”, In reference to the judicial decision issued against the founder of the site “WikiLeaks”.
This comes after the Moscow court decided to replace the suspended prison sentence issued against Navalny in 2014, with a prison sentence with an expiration date of 3 and a half years, for violating the conditions of house arrest and his transfer in the country without permission from the Prisons Authority, or a force majeure.
Navalny is scheduled to serve two years and eight months in prison, as he spent the remainder of his sentence under house arrest.