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Tuesday, 15 September 2020 - Brussels Provisional edition

Situation in Belarus - Situation in Lebanon - Situation in Russia, the poisoning of Alexei Navalny (debate)

  Sergey Lagodinsky, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group. – Mr President, our sympathy is with Alexei Navalny and his family. The attempt on his life is something that we have known before, for many years. Opposition leaders and independent journalists in Russia are not safe – from Politkovskaya to Nemtsov, from Kara—Murza to Verzilov. Those are just the names that we know. The list of victims pains us, because we have grown with pain together with the Russian people: with the parents and brother of Navalny, with the daughter of Nemtsov, with the daughter of Anastasia Shevchenko, who has been locked up for months without any reason. The only reason is that they dared to dream. They dared to dream about freedom – something which is absolutely natural to us – and yet they are branded as foreign agents, they are called undesirable organisations, and they are dehumanised on the propaganda TV.

Anyone who claims that Europe doesn’t care about Russia, listen to these words. We want a strategic partnership with Russia, but we want this strategy to be a strategy towards democracy and towards civil rights, a strategy for people and not for corrupt Russian elites, and not for a gas project to undermine our neighbours, not for a nuclear plant in Hungary, and not a strategy on how to harbour the assets of corrupt individuals in the European Union.

Until this strategy exists, we need truth. We need truth about the poisoning. For that, we wrote to Mr Borrell and the German Presidency and called for an international investigation. We know the truth about the assets of corrupt individuals in Europe. For this we can use the list drawn up by Navalny’s organisation itself in order to go for them.

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