Sakharov Prize Nominations

Sultana Khayya

The Sakharov Prize was established in 1988 by the European Parliament  as an honorary award for individuals or groups who have dedicated their lives to the defence of human rights and freedom of thought.   A shortlist of nominees was drawn up yesterday by the Parliament’s Committee of Foreign Affairs which will be further refined…

As Election Day approaches in Russia, the idea of a boycott gains traction

Duma elections. Navalny stifled.

The Socialist Alternative movement has called on all rational and responsible Russian citizens to actively boycott the State Duma elections scheduled for September 17-19, 2021. It seems that this call is gaining traction with citizens who support opposition parties. With two days to go before the elections to Russia’s national parliament, the State Duma, it…

Putin’s goals in the red-hot Donbass

Russia's military build up on the border with Ukraine

Today, trust between the West and Russia is at its lowest level in recent history. Experts compare the current confrontation with the Cuban missile crisis. However, now the rhetoric and threats from the top leadership of the opposing sides have reached such an intensity that the timidly discussed possibility of a war between Russia and…

New EU Sanctions Against Russia

EU foreign ministers have agreed to sanction four Russian officials over the jailing of opposition leader Alexey Navalny, which is the first listings on the EU’s new Global Human Right’s Sanctions Regime. Heidi Hautala, Greens/EFA MEP and Vice-President of the Parliament Responsible for Human Rights, comments: “Today, the EU is sending a clear signal to those responsible…

ECHR Asks Russia to Release Navalny

The Court has granted an interim measure in favour of Aleksey Navalny and has asked the Government of Russia to release him Mr Navalny’s current application before the Court was lodged on 20 January 2021 under Article 34 of the European Convention on Human Rights. On the same date the applicant made a request to…

Ciolos Blasts Bungler Borrell

Renew Europe has condemned the expulsion of EU diplomats and expresses  concern and disappointment at both the visit of Josep Borrell and his comments at a press conference with the Russian Foreign Minister. HR/VP Borrell has questions to answer about his bungled Moscow trip in the European Parliament next week.  The European Council must act…

Vladimir the Underpants Poisoner

On 2 February, a Moscow court sentenced the Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny to two years and eight months’ imprisonment. The Russian authorities have pursued his sentencing for the alleged violation of his probation while Mr. Navalny was recovering in Germany from an assassination attempt by poisoning suffered in the Russian Federation by a military…

Calls for More Sanctions Against Russia

In the European Parliament, the Socialists and Democrats Group has strongly condemned the arrest of Alexei Navalny, one of Russia’s most influential dissidents and anti-corruption activists. Navalny was arrested on his return to Moscow after having spent five months in Germany recovering from a near-deadly poisoning last August.  The S&D Group calls for a strong EU…

Hands Off Navalny!

The President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen has issued the following statement following the arrest of Alexei Navalny at Moscow Airport yesterday:- “I condemn the detention of Alexei Navalny yesterday by the Russian authorities, upon his return to Russia. The Russian authorities must immediately release him and ensure his safety.” “Detention of…

EPP Calls for Sanctions Against Russia

The EPP Group has urged the Foreign Affairs Ministers of EU Member States to agree on sanctions against all persons involved in the poisoning of the Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny. “Russia clearly failed in cooperating to start an international investigation into the poisoning of Alexei Navalny. Therefore we urge the EU Member States to…