Kremlin dismisses international calls to release Navalny

The Kremlin is not bowing to international pressure to release Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

A spokesperson for the Russian government dismissed the international calls and said Navalny’s 30-day detainment for not returning to the country ahead of the deadline given to him by the prison service was an intra-country matter.

On Tuesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that “we can’t and are not going to take these statements into account,” and added, “We are talking about a fact of non-compliance with the Russian law by a citizen of Russia. This is an absolutely internal matter, and we will not allow anyone to interfere in it and do
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