Aleksei Navalny is a prominent Russian opposition figure and anti-corruption activist, who has been unlawfully detained and is serving a term of more than two and a half years in prison. He must be freed immediately and unconditionally.
On 20 August 2020, Aleksei Navalny fell seriously ill during a flight to Moscow. Experts from several countries later concluded that he had been poisoned by a prohibited military grade nerve agent Novichok. On 22 August he was evacuated to Germany for treatment, unconscious and in a critical condition. Navalny returned to Russia on 17 January 2021. He was immediately taken into custody and accused by the authorities of failing to report to his probation officer, on account of his past sentence under politically-motivated charges, during the time when he was receiving life-saving treatment in Germany. A court in Moscow ruled to imprison Aleksei Navalny for 2 years and 8 months (subsequently reduced by two months) for “violation of terms of a suspended sentence”.
Aleksei Navalny has suffered from serious health problems in prison. He was diagnosed by prison doctors with a double hernia in his spine. His condition may be further complicated by after-effects of his poisoning. For months, he has been denied adequate medical care he requires and repeatedly refused access to medical doctors of his choice.
Russian authorities refuse to release him despite the unlawfulness of his detention and the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights that he should be freed immediately.
Sign the petition now and urge President Vladimir Putin to ensure Aleksei Navlany is released immediately and unconditionally. Tell him to end the ongoing intimidation and persecution of Aleksei Navalny and all other government critics.