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Amnesty International Rescinds Navalny’s ‘Prisoner Of Conscience’ Status After Discovering His Past

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Originallyappeared at ZeroHedge

In a surprise twist on the Alexei Navalny saga, and on the very day that it’s being widely reported Biden is preparing sanctions on Russia as punishment for his alleged poisoning by nerve agent last August, the human rights organization Amnesty International has withdrawn its formal designation of Navalny as a “prisoner of conscience”.

US state-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports the following on Tuesday:

Amnesty International has reportedly withdrawn its recent designation of Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny’s as a “prisoner of conscience” over his alleged advocacy of violence and discrimination and comments that included hate speech.

Aleksandr Artemyev, the rights watchdog’s media manager for Russia and Eurasia, confirmed the decision to Mediazona on February 23 after the news was first reported by U.S. journalist Aaron Mate.

Amnesty International Rescinds Navalny's 'Prisoner Of Conscience' Status After Discovering His Past
Alexei Navalny, via AP

And just like that it appears the narrative which cast Navalny and his supporters as some kind of ‘anti-Putin freedom fighters’ has been deflated.

The early February street protests following Navalny’s arrest after he arrived from Berlin where he’d been recovering from an alleged poisoning were widely supported by officials in the West, including by the US and some European embassies in Moscow.

This created tensions leading to the Kremlin expelling a handful of European diplomats, citing their stoking unrest related to ‘illegal’ protests. US mainstream media also gave the large pro-Navalny protests close coverage.

Here’s how Amnesty International previously described Navalny and his plight in a January press release:

“He has previously been tried and convicted in two separate, politically-motivated criminal cases. On 29 December, the Russian Investigative Committee levelled new charges against Navalny, accusing him of embezzling 356 million rubles (£3.6m) in donations to the Anti-Corruption Foundation and affiliated non-profit organisations. Amnesty believes these charges are trumped-up.

Navalny has been deprived of his liberty for his peaceful political activism and for exercising free speech. Amnesty considers him a prisoner of conscience and is calling for his immediate and unconditional release.”

This “prisoner of conscience” designation is what Amnesty has now walked back in a clearly humiliating and devastating blow to his cause and his supporters.

Amnesty International Rescinds Navalny's 'Prisoner Of Conscience' Status After Discovering His Past

In the wake of the initial reports, an Amnesty official confirmed to independent Russian news outlet Meduza: “Yes, we will no longer use the phrase ‘prisoner of conscience’ when referring to [Navalny], insofar as our legal and political department studied Navalny’s statements from the mid-2000s and determined that they qualify as hate speech.”

As an example of Navalny’s “newly uncovered” hate speech (though long well-known inside Russia), see this…

He was recently sentenced by a Moscow court to serve over 2.5 years in prison for probation violation stemming from a prior embezzlement case.

Amnesty’s dramatic change in designation is related to the “jailed Russian opposition politician’s past statements about migrants from Central Asia and the North Caucasus [which] constitute hate speech,” Meduza writes. But the question now remains how quickly he’ll be dropped as a darling of Western media coverage which has included a recent flurry of ‘romanticized’ reports on the anti-Kremlin activist, if at all.


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Lone Ranger

Oy gevalt…


Would be better if they send him to chechnya jail

cechas vodobenikov

I suspect no-valny wil do well in USA –biden could appoint him liaison to BLM/KKK so they can merge

Icarus Tanović

How about that deserted city in polar circle?


Krivosheev said that Amnesty’s decision “does not change our resolve to fight for his immediate release, and for an end to his politically motivated persecution by the Russian authorities.”

Bobby Twoshoes

Who here thought that the marriage of woke neoliberalism and good old fashioned support for foreign fascists was going to function, let alone save the empire? I almost feel sorry for the yanks, but not really.


suspect the support for navalny will be somewhat less enthusiastic and in due course entirely forgotten, unless the cia can come up with a new navalny-twist to resurrect him in and for the yankee-twats struggle to regime change russia (and lay their greedy jew-sticky hands on russia’s commodities)

Jihadi Colin

They probably have some other Guano lined up. This one obviously didn’t work as expected.


They do,his Wife.

johnny rotten

Nothing new on the western front, support for Nazi thugs and the like is part of the Western DNA, while they pretend to be indignant about the fake poison, they finance fascism in every part of the world, from Ukraine to Syria and throughout South America, Asia Africa, Europe and everywhere.


okay, next. :P

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