On January 23 and January 31, 2021, two full-scale protests in honor of the political prisoner Alexei Navalny were held in Russia and also abroad. The number of participants numbered tens of thousands, and even if it is only 0.1% of the total population of the country, these protests and the arrests that followed them greatly increased the effect of arresting the opposition politician. Mainly in the European Union and the United States.
Protests in support of the politician Alexei Navalny began after the arrest of the Russian opposition leader and the publication by his Anti-Corruption Foundation, an investigative documentary, «Palace for Putin. The history of the biggest bribe» with statements about corruption addressed to the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.
Immediately after the arrest of Navalny and his supporters, the new US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that Washington is once again calling on the Russian authorities to immediately release both Navalny and those arrested at the rallies in his defense.
This time, the matter was not limited to words – on February 4, a draft sanctions against Russia was submitted to the US Congress in response to what is happening in the country. We are talking about the draft sanctions that the senators proposed to introduce against the Russian authorities back in September 2020, but then the document was not given a move.
The document offered the US administration, among other things, to determine whether the Russian authorities violated international agreements banning the use of chemical and biological weapons.
The clause prohibiting the use of chemical and biological weapons is especially important because The United States (like Russia, by the way) is a member of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. And Navalny’s poisoning, which occurred in August last year, was made with a chemical warfare agent called Novichok — and, according to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the attempted murder of Navalny with a nerve agent is «beyond doubt.»
Americans still have three years of testing before they catch up with the Russians
A request to investigate the politician’s poisoning was sent to then-US President Donald Trump, as the leader of a country that has the Chemical and Biological Weapons Act. As a result of this investigation, sanctions were to be imposed against the violating country. But Trump ignored this request. Now it is the turn of the President-elect of the United States, Joe Biden.