Russia - Statement by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs spokeswoman (11 June 2021)


France condemns the decision to declare Alexei Navalny’s movement an “extremist organization,” which will prevent him taking part in public life and in September’s legislative elections. It represents an additional step backward for public liberties in Russia and comes amid a growing crackdown on both Russian and foreign non-governmental organizations, independent media, and opposition movements and figures, as seen in the recent cases of Andrei Pivovarov, former executive director of the NGO Open Russia, and former Duma deputy Dmitry Gudkov. France reaffirms its commitment to the freedoms of assembly and expression and urges Russia to comply with its international commitments, particularly in regard to respect for the rule of law and fundamental rights. France also reiterates its demand for measures not only guaranteeing Alexei Navalny’s bodily integrity, but also granting his release.