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Russia Refuses Foreign Diplomats Presence at Navalny's Trial

Tue 02 Feb 2021 | 01:31 PM
Rana Atef

The Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Tuesday that Russia refused the presence of foreign diplomates at opposition leader Alexei Navalny's hearing.

She noted that this act "isn't just meddling in the internal affairs of a sovereign state, but  a self-incrimination of the west's unsightly and illegal attempts to contain Russia."

Zakharova asserted that the presence of such diplomats in the hearing session is "an attempt to psychological pressure the judge."

Early this morning, Navalny come to the Moscow City Court for attending the first hearing session.

Police officers have rushed to the scene amid dozens of protesters who took to the street ahead of Navalny's trial.

Therefore, a number of demonstrators have been detained nearby the court, also a number of reporters and journalists have been detained too.

The crisis of arresting Navalny is currently the main motive of tensions between Russia, the US, and Europe who called for freeing Navalny.

Therefore, President Putin hoped that Navalny's trial wouldn't impact Russia-EU ties.