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Council of Europe committee reports on Navalny poisoning

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights is to organise a parliamentary hearing by videoconference on the subject of “the poisoning of Alexey Navalny” on Tuesday 19th January 2021, beginning at around 11:30 am Rīga Time.

Participants in the hearing, organised in the framework of a report being prepared by Jacques Maire (France, ALDE), are due to include Alexey Navalny, Founder of the Anti-Corruption Foundation in Russia, though whether this will be permitted by the authorities in Russia following his recent arrest is doubtful.

Christo Grozev, lead investigator at online investigators Bellingcat, the organization that spectacularly exposed the Russian security services' role in Navalny's poisoning, will also take part. 

The Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights is chaired by longstanding Latvian Saeima deputy Boriss Cilevičs (Harmony party).

The hearing will be live-streamed via this link. There will be simultaneous interpretation into English, French and Russian.

In a parallel move the Chairmen of the Foreign Affairs Committees of the Parliaments of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have called on the Russian authorities to release Alexei Navalny immediately and unconditionally, and ensure his safety.

“We, Chairmen of the Foreign Affairs Committees of the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian parliaments, condemn the detention of Alexei Navalny by the Russian authorities, upon his return to Russia, in what is clear to be yet another attempt to silence the opposition and critical voices by the Russian authorities. The Russian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release Mr Navalny and ensure his safety," says a joint statement (Full text) by Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu Enn Eesmaa, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Seimas of Lithuania Žygimantas Pavilionis and Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Saeima of Latvia Rihards Kols.

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