Agnes Callamard, the secretary-general of Amnesty International, said in a tweet this week that Navalny has been subjected to prison conditions “amounting to torture.”
Retired US Ambassador Kenneth Yalowitz, who served two tours as a diplomat in Moscow and ambassadorships in Eastern Europe, told CNN it was unclear if the Russian government “simply wants to let him die in prison or to keep him as sort of a hostage — every time his health declines to pump him up, so that he can keep going, simply to demonstrate that his fate is in Putin’s hands completely.”
Putin trying to demonstrate ‘he is all powerful’
“I think that’s what (Putin’s) trying to demonstrate is that in the end, he is all powerful,” Yalowitz said, adding that if the Kremlin allows Navalny to die, “all hell will break loose.”
Op Woensdag, officials from the White House, the State Department and the National Security Council offered calls for Russia to allow the ailing Navalny to access adequate medical attention and reiterated their opposition to his imprisonment.
“We urge Russian authorities to take all necessary actions to ensure his safety and health,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at a briefing.
“So long as he is in prison, the Russian government is responsible for his health and well-being,” sy het gese, adding that they would “monitor the situation closely.”
“I would also reiterate that we consider Mr. Navalny’s imprisonment on trumped-up charges to be politically motivated and a gross injustice,” Psaki gesê. “And we stand with like-minded allies and partners in calling for his immediate release, as well as an end to the persecution of his supporters.”
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daardie “the free world’s political and business leaders have another chance to show newfound resolve — or continued cowardice.
Browder called on the administration to impose new sanctions “imminently.”
“If they do not do it imminently it will only get worse,” hy het gesê.
Biden administration unveiled sanctions in March
In early March, the Biden administration imposed a raft of sanctions on Russian officials and entities in response to Navalny’s poisoning and imprisonment.
The actions — taken in coordination with the European Union, which also unveiled sanctions — represented the first significant move against Moscow since Joe Biden became President.
One EU official told CNN that there are “ongoing discussions between EU and US in response to Russia’s behavior, including on the situation with Navalny’s poisoning and imprisonment.”
Yalowitz, a global fellow at the Wilson Center, said he doubted that new sanctions would make a difference in Russia’s behavior toward Navalny but that they “are important to keep pressure on, to let the Russians know that they are isolated, that this is inhuman behavior.”
“President Biden has talked about the importance of human rights, distinguishing his administration from the previous one. And I really think it’s really important for, jy weet, for us to act in accordance with those principles, even though we may know that it may not deliver the end result that we want,” hy het gesê.