Russia Expels European Diplomats

Diplomats from Germany, Sweden and Poland have been expelled by Russian government officials after participating in protests.

The Russian foreign ministry said that the three took part in “illegal demonstrations” in support of opposition activist Alexei Navalny. Navalny was jailed earlier in the week for violating the terms of a suspended fraud sentence from 2014.

Navalny has openly criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin, and was poisoned in eastern Russia last August. Navalny was rushed to a German hospital for treatment, and returned to Russia in January amidst warning from the Russian government that he would be arrested if he returned.

The expulsion of the diplomats was announced Friday morning, hours after EU foreign affairs chief Joseph Borrell met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.


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