Amnesty Revokes Alexei Navalny’s “Prisoner of Conscience” Status over Hateful Remarks

HeadlineFeb 25, 2021

Amnesty International has revoked “prisoner of conscience” status for jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, citing his past hateful, xenophobic and violent comments. In 2007, Navalny published a video comparing Muslims in Russia’s North Caucasus region to “cockroaches” who should be shot with a pistol. Another video from the early 2000s shows Navalny dressed as a dentist, comparing immigrant workers to rotten teeth that needed to be removed. Amnesty says it will continue to fight for Navalny’s freedom even after removing him from its prisoners of conscience list.

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