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"We want to encourage you": Bundestag members accuse Russia of torturing Navalny - Politics

“We want to encourage you”: Bundestag members accuse Russia of torturing Navalny – Politics

In a letter to Alexei Navalny, members of Puntestock’s foreign delegation spoke of the “targeted torture” of a jailed Russian opposition politician. In the letter, they expressed their appreciation and full solidarity with Navalny and said that they would follow very carefully the reports on the conditions of detention. An opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is being held in a concentration camp in Pokro, is currently on a hunger strike.

“We consider your treatment to be targeted torture and therefore not compatible with the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment,” the letter said Friday, published on the MP’s website by Manuel Sarraz (Green). “We want to encourage you.”

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“Regardless of the arbitrariness and illegality of the verdicts pronounced against you, we urge you to reconsider the conditions under which you have been detained by the European Commission for the Prevention of Torture,” the politicians said in the letter.

Navalny is one of the most important critics of Russian President Vladimir Putin. He survived a poisoning attack in Russia in 2020 and received medical treatment in Germany. When he returned to his home country in January, he was arrested and sentenced to more than two and a half years in prison. The 44-year-old has been complaining of back pain and numbness in his arms and legs for some time, and has accused authorities of withholding adequate medical treatment. Navalny has personally blamed Putin for the poisoning. Putin and the government refuse to participate.

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Spiegel Sarrazin, spokesman for the Green Party for Eastern European Policy and the initiator of the letter, said reports of a hunger strike in Navalny were “depressing.” “If this organization puts Putin Navalny in danger again, we should not look the other way,” he said.

The letter was signed by the federal human rights commissioner, Purple Kofler (SPD), Manuel Sarrazin, Omid Nouripur and Jன்rgen Tritin (all Greens), Rodrguez Keyswetter, Andreas Nick and Jன்rgen Hartz (All Union), Dokmar Friedzch and Christie ( All SPD) and the Liberals Renata Alt and Bijon Dijer-Sarai. (dpa, Reuters, AFP)