The members of the European Parliament adopted on Thursday, April 6, a resolution calling for the immediate release of opposition politician Alexei Navalny and all the activists who were detained in the shares on 26 March and 2 April. Navalny was arrested for 15 days for disobeying police at the rally in Moscow. The resolution was voted 494 MP, 39 against, 91 abstentions, according to RIA Novosti.
The resolution stated that on March 26 in stock in 80 cities of Russia took part from 33 thousand to 93 thousand people were detained more than 2,000 people, including about 1000 in Moscow. The protests themselves as the mass since the protests of 2011-2012.
In the text of the resolution, MEPs urge the Russian authorities to immediately release and drop all charges against Alexei Navalny and all the other peaceful protesters, journalists and activists detained at anti-corruption rallies. The Russian authorities are responsible for the safety of detainees, remind MEPs in a resolution. The text of the resolution emphasized that the sentences of the detainees are politically motivated. European Parliament calls to stop the practice of harassment of journalists and activists in Russia. The detention of Navalny shows that the Russian authorities use the law on rallies to ensure that in accelerated mode to send protesters to prison, the authors of the resolution. They also condemn the constant attempts of the Russian authorities to make Alexei Navalny to silence and Express support for the efforts of his organization in the fight against corruption.
MEPs in a resolution also welcomed the high turnout in the rallies and the mobilization of young people against corruption and increasing authoritarianism of the Russian government, “welcomes this involvement as an encouraging sign of the growing interest in public and political Affairs.”
In the resolution MEPs call on “the Commission, the European external action service and members of the Union to take systematic measures against any attempt of money laundering or illicit assets inside the EU” to pay extra attention to any traces of suspicious Russian money flows through banks based in the EU. They also encourage the EU institutions to develop a common position on the importance of human rights in Russia and to promote it in all negotiations with Russia.
On the discussion of the draft resolution against its adoption were made by some members from Germany and France. The MP from France, Jean-Luk Shafhauser said that hard cases the crackdown was in France, but it was not a concern of the European Parliament. The former leader of the National democratic party of Germany Udo Voigt also urged not to pay attention to what is happening in Russia, and to engage in European Affairs.
Resolution of the European Parliament are not binding for the European institutions.
Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov on March 27, commenting on the calls of the European Union and the U.S. Department of State to release the detained at rallies, said that in the Kremlin they cannot “take into account”.