French President Emmanuel Macron, in response to the fact that Alexei Navalny was given 2 years and 8 months of a real term in the case of fraud at Yves Rocher, tweeted in Russian condemning the decision of the Russian authorities and demanding the release of the Russian blogger and oppositionist.
The verdict for Alexei Navalny is inadmissible. Political disagreement is not a crime under any circumstances. We call for his immediate release
- reads Macron's post.
Alexey's verdict @Navalny unacceptable. Political disagreement is by no means a crime. We call for his immediate release. Respect for human rights, as well as for democratic freedoms, cannot be a subject of discussion.— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) February 2
The French leader was supported by the heads of Great Britain, Canada and Austria. In particular, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the decision of the Russian Themis "sheer cowardice."
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz spoke about the incident as an “unacceptable” act of the Russian authorities - he wrote about his demand to stop acts of violence against “peaceful” protesters and their right to freedom of expression.
The real verdict for Alexei Navalny was also condemned by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
However, some users under the post of Emmanuel Macron did not agree with the position of the French president. So, the user Lubov13487 wrote that the West must first deal with Assange, and only then defend Navalny. A reader with the nickname jetra98 expressed regret that Navalny was sentenced only for fraud - he should also be tried for exploiting minors.