France repeatedly calls on Russia to free detainees

Russia – Statement by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Deputy Spokesperson

Paris, 4 August 2019

The peaceful demonstrations held on 3 August in Moscow and other towns and cities in Russia have again led to several hundred arrests, as in the preceding week.

France condemns these arrests and the clearly excessive use of force which accompanied them.

It reiterates its commitment to freedom of expression in all its aspects, including peaceful demonstration and participation in free and transparent elections.

It calls on Russia to immediately release the people imprisoned in recent days and abide by the commitments it has made as a member of the OSCE and Council of Europe.

These issues form an integral part of our stringent political dialogue with Russia./.

Demonstrations in Russia – Statement by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson

Paris, 29 July 2019

A large number of people have been arrested and detained following peaceful demonstrations in Moscow in recent days. The health of Mr Alexei Navalny, imprisoned since 23 July, has deteriorated dramatically.

France calls for their swift release and expresses its deep concern over recent developments.

Russia is a member of the Council of Europe and the OSCE and must, like all their member states, honour the commitments it has made in this framework, in particular with regard to freedom of opinion, expression, demonstration and participation in free elections.

France attaches great importance to respect for the rule of law. This dimension is an integral part of its political dialogue with Russia, as the talks between the two presidents in Osaka again showed./.

Published on 13/08/2019

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