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Germany Calls for Immediate Release of Putin Opponent Navalny

Alexey Navalny
Alexey Navalny

Photographer: Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images

Germany called for the immediate release of Alexey Navalny after the jailed Russian opposition leader was sentenced to nine years in a high-security prison on Tuesday.

There is “nothing to justify” the judgment, German government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit said in a Twitter post. “The external aggression and internal repression have reached a new dimension in Russia,” Hebestreit wrote.