WASHINGTON, 24 Feb – RIA Novosti. State Department spokesman Ned Price dodged the question of whether the US considers Alexei Navalny a prisoner of conscience.
Price was asked about Amnesty International's decision not to treat Navalny as a prisoner of conscience because of his past “controversial statements”.
“We look at his detention as politically motivated. Russia has a terrible record in human rights, the detention of Alexei Navalny is just one element of that,” Price said.
He recalled previous statements by the State Department criticizing the state of human rights in Russia.
“With regard to the Amnesty International decision, I must ask you to refer to these (statements),” Price said.
Russia rejects criticism of the United States and has stated in the past that in the United States itself, not all is well with human rights.
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.