Russia should free Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov before the World Cup
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Riot police officers use truncheons to beat some protesters while arresting others, during a rally in support of jailed opposition activist Alexei Navalny, in Pushkinskaya Square, Moscow, Russia, 23 January 2021, Valery SharifulinTASS via Getty Images

“Time and time again, Russian authorities have suppressed free speech and peaceful protest through police brutality, violence, and mass arrests. The authorities understand their obligations to respect fundamental human rights and choose not just to ignore them but to trample all over them.”

Opposition leader Alexei Navalny is escorted out of a police station in Khimki, outside Moscow, 18 January 2021, following the court ruling that ordered him jailed for 30 days. ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP via Getty Images

The opposition leader and anti-corruption activist was arrested on his return to Russia. A judge ordered that he be detained for thirty days pending a court hearing regarding his alleged breach of parole. If found guilty, Navalny could face three-and-a-half years in prison.

“Graphic political performances are symptoms of pent-up public frustrations. It would be smarter for the authorities to listen to people’s critical voices, especially the distressed ones, even when they are expressed through controversial performance.”