Demonstrations in Russia

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.