Lib Dems react to Alexei Navalny’s death

Lib Dems have been reacting to the shocking news of Alexei Navalny’s death.

Ed Davey said:

Horrified by reports of the death of Alexei Navalny – at the hands of Putin, no doubt.

Putin’s despicable methods might be to kill his enemies, but he will never kill the light of freedom and democracy which Navalny has stood for so courageously.

Scottish Lib Dem Leader Alex Cole-Hamilton attended a vigil last night at the Russian Consulate in Edinburgh:

It was a privilege to join Russian citizens outside the Consulate this evening in a vigil for the life of Alexei #Navalny, murdered by the Putin kleptocracy today. Their defiance and their desire to follow Navalny’s dream of a free and democratic Russia was inspiring.

This is nothing short of state sanctioned murder. Putin will never brook any form of opposition and Navalny presented so many young Russians with the hope of a future free from corruption and Tsarist fascism.

Putin is a despot and a war criminal.

Lib Dem Foreign Affairs spokesperson Layla Moran said:

Awful awful news. Let’s be clear: Alexei Navalny has been murdered by Putin and the Russian state. There must be consequences.

Lib Dem Federal International Relations Chair David Chalmers and vice Chair Adrian Hyyralainen-Trett attended a rally outside the Russian embassy in London:

Tonight I addressed the rally outside Russian embassy to honour Alexei Navalny – the Russian Opposition Leader – who died today in a Russian prison.

Putin has blood on his hands

On Twitter, Christine Jardine said:

It took the sort of courage that few possess for #AlexeiNavalny to return to Russia under Putin’s evil regime. While there is rightly shock and dismay around the world we should also remember his family for whom this is a personal tragedy

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7 Comments

  • Steve Trevethan 17th Feb '24 - 11:03am

    In view of the more than justifiable criticisms of the treatment and death of Mr. Navalny, might we reconsider our treatment of Mr. Assange?

  • Zachary Adam Barker 17th Feb '24 - 8:37pm

    “In view of the more than justifiable criticisms of the treatment and death of Mr. Navalny, might we reconsider our treatment of Mr. Assange?”

    Whattabouttery is a very tiresome game.

  • Steve Trevethan 17th Feb '24 - 10:23pm

    Might Mr Navalny and Mr Assange be connected by matters of justice and (excessive) executive power?

  • “ Might Mr Navalny and Mr Assange be connected by matters of justice and (excessive) executive power?”
    No.

  • Peter Davies 18th Feb '24 - 7:47am

    The executive were not involved in any action against Mr Assange. He has been attempting to get them involved to overturn due process.

  • Lee_Thacker 18th Feb '24 - 6:47pm

    Did Julian Assange breach his bail conditions?

  • Steve Trevethan 19th Feb '24 - 7:46am

    Mr Assange broke his bail conditions when he went into the embassy of Ecuador. It was a different case which was not secure and from which prime witnesses withdrew despite H. M. G. allegedly urging the pursuit of the case, which is executive involvement.

    Might the real, deep « offenses » of both Mr Navalny and Mr Assange be that they publicised governmental wrong doing?

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