Parliament says Putin must be put on trial for crimes against his own population

Parliament says Putin must be put on trial for crimes against his own population


On Thursday, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the respect for human rights in Russia.

MEPs call for the release of a 2021 Sakharov Prize laureate Alexey Navalny and all other brave political prisoners in Russia fighting for Russian democracy.

Until their release, the conditions of detention of political prisoners such as Navalny, who has been subject to ill treatment including torture and risks a new prison sentence of up to 25 years, have to comply with Russia’s international obligations. In particular, Navalny needs access to doctors of his choice and to his lawyers, and communication with his family.

MEPs stress that the EU and the democratic community need a clear strategy to support victories for both Ukraine and for democracy in Russia, which would also be a victory for Navalny. They urge EU member states to assist Russian human rights defenders, pro-democracy activists and independent journalists in and outside Russia.

Parliament says Vladimir Putin must be put on trial for crimes against his own population and urges the EU Council to adopt restrictive measures against those responsible for arbitrary prosecutions and torture of anti-war protesters.

The resolution was adopted by 497 votes in favour, 17 against and 33 abstentions.

For more details, full text will be available here. (19.01.2023)

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