Jailing of Alexey Navalny

Media release

22 July 2013

The Australian Government has expressed serious concerns at the conviction and sentencing of Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny.

The conviction raises concerns regarding the selective application of the law. It is troubling that Mr Navalny was sentenced on the basis of apparently questionable evidence.

The Australian Government calls on the Russian Government to ensure the highest standards of impartiality and transparency are applied in any appeals process in this case, and in the cases of the Bolotnaya Square protestors who are still awaiting trial.

The Australian Embassy in Moscow has been requested to immediately communicate these concerns to the Russian administration.

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