US strongly condemns detention of peaceful protesters throughout Russia, - State Department

The White House calls on Putin to release peaceful protesters that were detained following anti-government demonstrations.

As reported by Censor.NET citing the Washington Post, White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Monday delivered a statement from the Trump administration's State Department, condemning the imprisonment of peaceful protesters in Russia.

"The United States strongly condemns the detention of hundreds of peaceful protesters throughout Russia on Sunday. Detaining peaceful protesters, human rights observers, and journalists is an affront to core democratic values. We were troubled to hear of the arrest of opposition figure Alexei Navalny upon arrival at the demonstration, as well as the police raids on the anti-corruption organization," Spicer said.

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"The United States will monitor this situation, and we call on the government of Russia to immediately release all peaceful protesters. The Russian people, like people everywhere, deserve a government that supports an open marketplace of ideas, transparent and accountable governance, equal treatment under the law, and the ability to exercise their rights without fear of retribution," the White House press secretary stressed.

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On March 26, an unsanctioned anti-corruption rally took place in Moscow. The police report up to 8,000 people took part in the event. Its organizer, opposition politician Aleksei Navalny, was detained at the beginning of the rally.

Similar anti-corruption protests took place in many other cities across Russia. The police apprehended dozens of participants in unauthorized rallies in Vladivostok, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Khabarovsk, Yekaterinburg and other cities.

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The protests are said to have been triggered by Alexei Navalny's recent report exposing posh property of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

According to official data by Russia's Interior Ministry, about 500 people have been detained.

Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n433740