The return of Alexei Navalny to solitary confinement has caused concern in the US, and the US government is demanding his release.
The US government is stepping up joint efforts with supporters of the de facto Russian opposition leader around the world, his colleagues and relatives, in connection with Navalny’s solitary confinement, Ned Price, a State Department spokesman, said yesterday:
“The United States is deeply concerned about the escalation of the Russian government’s arbitrary interference with the rights of Alexei Navalny.”
Earlier Wednesday, Alexei Navalny tweeted that he was being transferred to solitary confinement for 15 days. This is the fourth case in the prison where he is now held – 260 kilometers northeast of the Russian capital, in the town of Melehovo.
Price accused the Russian authorities of interfering in Navalny’s communications with his legal advisers, CNN Greece quotes:
“This interference, along with his repeated solitary confinement for minor alleged violations, is further evidence of politically motivated persecution.”