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Foreign Secretary concerned at sentence handed down to Alexei Navalny in Russia

Foreign Secretary William Hague calls upon the government of Russia to ensure that the rule of law is applied in a proportionate way

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Speaking today, the Foreign Secretary William Hague said:

I am concerned about the sentence handed down by the Kirov court to Alexei Navalny. The decision to sentence him for 5 years has highlighted once again the concerns felt by many about the selective application of the rule of law in Russia. We understand Mr Navalny intends to appeal this judgement.

I call upon the government of Russia to respect fully the principles of justice and ensure that the rule of law is applied in a non-discriminatory and proportionate way.

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Published 18 July 2013