The international human rights organization Amnesty International decided on the status of Alexei Navalny not under pressure from outside, but after a thorough analysis of his statements, the organization said.
Earlier, she refused to consider Navalny a “prisoner of conscience” (this status was given to him a month and a half ago). The reason for the withdrawal was the statements of a politician from the mid-2000s.
“The claims that Amnesty’s decision over Alexei Navalny was a response to outside pressure are untrue and do not take into account our long-standing and well-defined internal policies,” the organization said in a statement posted on its website.
After within the movement, “concerns were raised about the reference to Navalny as a prisoner of conscience, given” his comments in the past, “Amnesty decided to reconsider the case and conducted a thorough analysis of the evidence base.”
“After careful consideration, we came to the conclusion that we made a mistake in the original definition,” the organization notes, stressing that “nothing Navalny said in the past justifies his current detention,” which Amnesty believes is politically motivated.
A court in Moscow on February 2 ruled to cancel Navalny’s suspended sentence in the Yves Rocher case and replace him with 3.5 years in a general regime colony due to numerous violations of the conditions of the probationary period. Allegations that Navalny is being persecuted solely for his political activities have been refuted by the European Court of Human Rights: Strasbourg did not recognize the political motives in the Yves Rocher case, although it awarded compensation for house arrest, which were paid in full by the Russian authorities.