Supporting democracy in Russia

 

We are deeply saddened by the detention of over a thousand peaceful demonstrators in Russia, particularly because of unnecessary violence used against them by the Russian authorities. We are also concerned about the detention of journalists and constant intimidations which harm the freedom of the press. Russian citizens have the right to a functioning democracy as it is enshrined in the Russian constitution. The PES fully supports the position of HR Mogherini on the recent events in Russia.