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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