For the Sake of Navalny – Letter To the Presidents of the Commission and the European Council

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To:

President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Council, Charles Michel

Dear President Ursula von der Leyen, 

Dear President Charles Michel,


We, the undersigned experts, politicians, public figures, human rights activists and members of the Russian opposition call upon the European Union’s leadership to address the issue of Alexey Navalny’s imprisonment with the utmost priority.

We urge you to seek for his unconditional and immediate release and the halt of police violence against Russian people attending peaceful protests all over the Russian Federation in support of Mr. Navalny.

The European human rights sanctions mechanism, the European Magnitsky Act, should be used to bring to account those responsible for human rights violations against Alexey Navalny, including assassination attempts, and against peaceful protesters.

Moreover, should Russian authorities fail to engage into genuine cooperation, targeted sanctions should be applied against individuals and companies responsible for the regime’s policies of terror and human rights violations and against Kremlin’s strategic projects benefiting Putin’s regime, such as Nord Stream 2.

Sincerely,

Petras Auštrevičius, Member of the European Parliament, Lithuania

Raphaël Glucksmann, Member of the European Parliament, France

Radosław Sikorski, Member of the European Parliament, Poland

William Browder, Human Rights Activist, Global Magnitsky Justice Campaign

Vladimir Kara-Murza, Vice President, Free Russia Foundation

Edward Lucas, Writer, Author, Security Expert, CEPA

Michał Kamiński, Deputy Speaker of the Senate of the Republic of Poland

Žygimantas Pavilionis, Chairman of Foreign Affairs Committee, Parliament (Seimas) of the Republic of Lithuania

Rihards Kols, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Parliament (Saeima) of the Republic of Latvia

Pavel Fischer, Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Security and Defense, Senate of the Czech Republic

Tom Tugendhat, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, the UK Parliament

André Gattolin, Vice-Chair of the European Affairs Committee, Member of the French Senate

Hans Wallmark, Deputy Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Member of the Swedish Parliament (Riksdag)

Vytautas Landsbergis, The First Head of State of the Republic of Lithuania

Valdas Adamkus, President of the Republic of Lithuania (1998-2003 and 2004-2009) 

Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia (2006-2016), Professor, Tartu University 

Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of the Republic of Lithuania (2009-2019

Jerzy Buzek, Former President of the European Parliament, Member of the European Parliament, Poland

Roberta Metsola, Vice-President of the European Parliament, Malta

Carl Bildt, Former Prime Minister of Sweden

Guy Verhofstadt, Member of the European Parliament, Former Prime Minister of Belgium

Andrius Kubilius, Member of the European Parliament, Former Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania

Andrus Ansip, Member of the European Parliament, Former Prime Minister of Estonia

Iveta Radičová, Former Prime Minister of Slovakia

Gediminas Kirkilas, Former Prime Minister of Lithuania

Vesna Pusić, Former Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia

Urmas Paet, Vice Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Member of the European Parliament, Estonia

Hans van Baalen, President, ALDE Party

Andrey Borisovich Zubov, Vice Chairman, People’s Freedom Party (PARNAS), Russia 

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Founder, Open Russia

Lilia Shevtsova, Political Scientist, Liberal Mission Foundation, Russia

Garry Kasparov, Chairman, Human Rights Foundation (HRF)

Andrei Piontkovsky, Visiting Fellow, Hudson Institute

Natalia Arno, President, Free Russia Foundation

Oleh Sentsov, Film director, writer, ex-prisoner, Cry Cinema

Michael Abramowitz, President, Freedom House

Geir Hønneland, Secretary General, Norwegian Helsinki Committee

Alice Stollmeyer, Executive Director, Defend Democracy

Ivana Bacik, Senator, Oireachtas (Irish Parliament)

Gunnar Hökmark, Former Member of the European Parliament, Chairman of the Stockholm Free World Forum

David J. Kramer, Senior Fellow, Florida International University

Alan Mendoza, Executive Director, The Henry Jackson Society

Katarina Tracz, Director, Stockholm Free World Forum

Witold Waszczykowski, Member of the European Parliament, 1st Vice-Chair of AFET, Poland

Markéta Gregorová, Member of the European Parliament, Czechia

Eerik Niiles Kross, Member of the Estonian Parliament (Riigikogu), Delegate to PACE

Kerstin Lundgren, Member of the Swedish Parliament (Riksdag), Spokesperson in Foreign Affairs for the Center Party

Andrei Sannikov, Chairman, European Belarus Foundation

Brian Whitmore, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council

Emanuelis Zingeris, Member of Parliament (Seimas) of the Republic of Lithuania, Chairman of the Parliamentary Delegation to PACE

Irwin Cotler, Former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Chair, Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights

Joanna Kluzik-Rostkowska, Member of the Polish Parliament (Sejm), Former Minister of Labour and Minister of Education

Laima Liucija Andrikienė, Member of Parliament (Seimas) of the Republic of Lithuania, Vice President of PACE, Former Member of the European Parliament

Joerg Forbrig, Director for Central and Eastern Europe, German Marshall Fund of the United States

Ronald Deibert, Director and Professor, The Citizen Lab, University of Toronto 

Glanis Changachirere, Director, Institute for Young Women Development 

Jakub Klepal, Executive Director, Forum 2000 Foundation

Bassma Kodmani, Member of the Syrian Constitutional Committee

Gina Romero, Executive Director, Latin American and Caribbean Network for Democracy 

Manuel Sarrazin, Member of the German Parliament (Bundestag), Spokesman for Eastern European Affairs, Alliance 90/The Greens

Ronald Deibert, Director and Professor, the Citizen Lab, University of Toronto 

Lars Adaktusson, Member of the Swedish Parliament (Riksdag)

Vasil Sikharulidze, Chairman, Atlantic Council of Georgia

Eka Gigauri, Executive Director, Transparency International Georgia 

Maiko Ichihara, Associate Professor, Hitotsubashi University, Japan

Ghia Nodia, Professor, Ilia State University, Georgia

Michal Šimečka, Member of the European Parliament, Slovakia

Brigitte Dufour, Director, International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR)

Tamara Adrian, Member of the National Assembly of Venezuela

Andrea Ngombet, Founder, Incarner l’Espoir

Manuel Cuesta Morúa, Spokesperson, Progressive Arc, Cuba

Dr. Jianli Yang, Founder and President, Citizen Power Initiatives for China

Arch Puddington, Senior Scholar Emeritus, Freedom House

Alina Mungiu Pippidi, Professor, Democracy Chair, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin

Moises Naim, Distinguished Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Agnieszka Holland, Film Director, EFA President, European Film Academy 

Kornely Kakachia, Director, Georgian Institute of Politics

Ladan Boroumand, Co-founder and Senior Fellow, Abdorrahman Boroumand Center for Human Rights in Iran

Karin Karlsbro, Member of the European Parliament, Sweden 

Tutu Alicante, Executive Director, EG Justice

Nino Evgenidze, Executive Director, the Economic Policy Research Center (EPRC), Georgia 

Claudio Lodici, Professor of Political Science and Democracies Studies, Loyola University Chicago

Rasa Juknevičienė, Member of the European Parliament, Lithuania 

Mykola Riabchuk, Honorary President, Ukrainian PEN Center

Bart Groothuis, Member of the European Parliament, The Netherlands 

Anna Fotyga, Member of the European Parliament, Poland

Zoltán Kész, Former Member of the Hungarian Parliament (Országgyűlés), Director of Operations, Civitas Institue

Leszek Jazdzewski, Editor-in-Chief, Liberte!

Thor Halvorssen, President, Human Rights Foundation (HRF)

Martin Palous, Senior Fellow, Florida International University 

Ion Manole, Executive Director, Promo-LEX, Moldova

Larry Diamond, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University 

Tomas Halik, President, Czech Christian Academy

Ivars Ijabs, Member of the European Parliament, Latvia

Lee Feinstein, Former US Ambassador to Poland

Ramona Strugariu, Member of the European Parliament, Romania

Anar Mammadli, Chairperson, Election Monitoring and Democracy Studies Center, Azerbaijan

Amb. Martin Bútora (ret.), Founder and Honorary President, Institute for Public Affairs, Bratislava, Slovakia

Enrique Krauze, Editor, Letras Libres Magazine 

Thomas O. Melia, Washington Director, PEN America 

Husain Haqqani, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

Gabriel C. Salvia, General Director, CADAL

Edipcia Dubón, Coordinator, Diálogo de Mujeres por la Democracia

Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Professor, the Institute for Science and International Security, Faculty of Political Science, Thailand

Joshua Muravchik, Adjunct Professor, Institute of World Politics 

Arthur Larok, Federation Development Director, ActionAid 

Surendra Munshi, Independent Researcher and Consultant 

Tinatin Khidasheli, Chairperson, Civic IDEA

Andreas Bummel, Executive Director, Democracy Without Borders

Miklos Haraszti, Former OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Fellow, Center for Media, Data and Society, Central European University

Gunnar Martin Ekeløve-Slydal, Director of Policies, Norwegian Helsinki Committee

Antonio López-Istúriz White, Member of the European Parliament, Spain

Myroslav Marynovych, Vice-Rector, Ukrainian Catholic University

Francis Fukuyama, Senior Fellow, Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, Stanford University

Michael Zantovsky, Executive Director, Vaclav Havel Library

Jostein Hole Kobbeltvedt, Executive Director, Rafto Foundation for Human Rights

Bjorn Engesland, Senior Adviser, Norwegian Helsinki Committee

Andis Kudors, Political Scientist, Former Executive Director of the Centre for East European Policy Studies, Latvia

Natalia Pushkareva, Programme Director – Tax Reform and Public Finance Management, International Lawyers Project

Kenneth Wollack, Chairman, National Endowment for Democracy

Adam Michnik, Editor-in-Chief, Gazeta Wyborcza

André Vallini, Member of the French Senate

Dr Ahmad Farouk Musa, Founder and Director, Islamic Renaissance Front

Nicolae Ștefănuță, Member of the European Parliament, Romania

Cholpon Dzhakupova, Director of the Public Foundation ”Legal Clinic ”Adilet”, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Steven Blockmans, Director, CEPS

Javier Nart, Member of the European Parliament, Spain

Robert Hannah, Member of the Swedish Parliament (Riksdag) 

Frédérique Ries, Member of the European Parliament, Belgium, Vice-Chair of Renew Europe 

John Shattuck, Professor, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University 

Reinhard Bütikofer, Member of the European Parliament, Germany 

Urmas Paet, Member of the European Parliament, Estonia 

Eric Bjornlund, President, Democracy International 

Anders Åslund, Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council 

Jan Lipavský, Member of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic

Adam Eberhardt, Director, Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW), Warsaw 

Michael Weiss, Editor-at-Large, The Daily Beast 

Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz, Member of the European Parliament, Poland 

Damon M. Wilson, Executive Vice President, Atlantic Council 

Idayat Hassan, Director, Centre for Democracy and Development 

Adam Reichardt, Editor in Chief, New Eastern Europe 

Eugene Czolij, President, NGO ”Ukraine-2050”

Konstantin Eggert, Journalist

Susan Hawley, Director, Spotlight on Corruption

Helena Langšádlová, Member of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic

Marek Belka, Member of the European Parliament, Poland

David Lega, Member of the European Parliament, Sweden

Hampus Hagman, Member of the Swedish Parliament (Riksdag)

Pavel Žáček, Member of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic

Christian Carlsson, Member of the Swedish Parliament (Riksdag)

Rupert Skilbeck, REDRESS

Lukáš Wagenknecht, Member of the Senate of the Czech Republic

Ondřej Veselý, Member of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic

Timothy Otty QC, Blackstone Chambers

Andris Spruds, Director, Latvian Institute of International Affairs

Sven Mikser, Member of the European Parliament, Estonia

Miriam Lexmann, Member of the European Parliament, Slovakia

Andrzej Halicki, Member of the European Parliament, Poland

Andreas Schieder, Member of the European Parliament, Austria

Arba Kokalari, Member of the European Parliament, Sweden

Ana Maria Rosa Martins Gomes, Former Member of the European Parliament, Portugal 

Indrek Kannik, Director, International Centre for Defence and Security (ICDS), Tallinn 


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