Jailed Russian Opposition leader wins top EU prize

Jailed Russian Opposition leader wins top EU prize

Who is Alexei Navalny?

  • Imprisoned Russian Opposition leader.
  • He was awarded the European Union’s top human rights prize (Sakharov Prize).
  • He was poisoned with a nerve agent last year and promptly arrested upon his return to Moscow from treatment in Germany and later imprisoned.

Why he has been arrested?

  • He has campaigned consistently against the corruption of Vladimir Putin’s regime through his social media accounts and political campaigns.

Implication

  • The recognition of Mr. Navalny will further sour relations between the 27-nation bloc and Russia.
  • These ties have been on the decline for years, especially following Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula and its support for a separatist insurgency in eastern Ukraine.
  • Russia suspended its mission at NATO and ordered the closure of the alliance’s office in Moscow in retaliation for NATO’s expulsion of Russian diplomats.