Candidate for the post of US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that the administration of President-elect Joe Biden strongly condemns attempts by the Russian authorities to silence Alexei Navalny, who, in his opinion, represents the opinion of millions of Russians.
“Their opinion must be heard in Russia,” Blinken said at a hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Speaking about the detention of Alexei Navalny in Moscow after returning from Germany, Blinken said: “It’s amazing how much Vladimir Putin seems to be afraid of one person. I think this is a pretty revealing moment. “
In his speech, Blinken also stressed that Russia remains a challenge for the United States, and that the new administration will take this challenge very seriously.
“There is a lot to discuss. And this is at the very top of the new administration’s agenda, ”said the candidate for the US Secretary of State.
The detention of Navalny was previously condemned by the current head of the US Department of State Mike Pompeo.
“Confident political leaders are not afraid of the voices of their rivals, do not use violence against their political opponents, and do not arrange illegal arrests,” said Pompeo.
Navalny returned to Russia from Germany on January 17 and was detained right at the airport. The next day, the court sent him to a pre-trial detention center for 30 days.