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Navalny daughter accepts human rights award on his behalf

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GENEVA (AP) — The daughter of jailed Russian opposition chief Alexei Navalny accepted a human rights award on her father’s behalf on Tuesday for his braveness in going through down President Vladimir Putin’s authorities.

Daria Navalnaya, a 20-year-old scholar at Stanford College in California, mentioned her father was dedicating the braveness award given by the Geneva Summit for Human Rights to all political prisoners in Russia and Belarus.

“You actually must be taking a look at my father as an alternative, however he’s in a Russian jail proper now merely due to what he says, does and believes in — and since he didn’t die when the Russian authorities needed him to,” Navalnaya mentioned in a video message for the web occasion.

Navalny was arrested in January upon his return from Germany, the place he had spent 5 months recuperating from a nerve agent poisoning that he blames on the Kremlin — accusations that Russian officers dismiss. He was given a 2 1/2-year jail sentence in February for violating phrases of a suspended sentence stemming from a 2014 embezzlement conviction that he denounced as politically motivated.

He went on a 24-day starvation strike in jail to protest the shortage of medical remedy for extreme again ache and numbness in his legs, ending it in April after getting the medical consideration he demanded.

Navalny was chosen as this yr’s recipient for its annual “braveness” award by greater than two dozen human rights teams.

His daughter mentioned her father wrote her a letter from behind bars after he was chosen.

“In his letter my dad requested me right this moment to present this award to each single political prisoner in Russia and Belarus,” Navalnya mentioned.

Additionally participating within the occasion was Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, the principle challenger in a vote in August in Belarus through which authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko gained a sixth time period. That victory that was extensively seen as rigged.

In a nod to her father’s humorousness, Navalnaya mentioned he wrote within the letter: “First and most significantly, please don’t screw up your first public efficiency. And second, don’t neglect to say how extraordinarily proud I’m to obtain this excessive award.”

Navalnaya, whereas energetic in running a blog and standing up for her dad, has not often made public appearances.

Navalny was given the award for his “extraordinary braveness and heroic efforts to sound the alarm in regards to the Putin regime’s grave violations of the human rights of the Russian individuals,” mentioned Hillel Neuer, government director of UN Watch, which co-organizes the occasion.

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