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White House Mum, But State Dept. Blasts Putin's Crackdown on Opposition Candidate

White House Mum, But State Dept. Blasts Putin's Crackdown on Opposition Candidate

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Sunday, 04 February 2018 07:31 PM Current | Bio | Archive

The White House had nothing to say about Vladimir Putin's recent crackdown on his leading opponent in Russia's presidential election next month.

But, over the weekend the State Department had a lot to say about the recent detention of Alexei Navalny after he was arrested in Moscow along with 15 others calling for a boycott of the March election almost certain to return Putin to the presidency for another six years.

"The United States is troubled about efforts by Russian authorities to crack down on the political opposition," a State Department official told Newsmax on Sunday.

In unusually strong language, the official called on the Kremlin "to provide a level playing field for all political parties seeking to compete in the electoral process."

Of Navalny being banned from standing for office because of a conviction on questionable fraud charges, the same official said: "Confident political leaders do not fear competing voices, nor see the need to misuse legal authorities to prevent peaceful protests and detain political opponents."

The State Department official went on to say that "the Russian people, like people everywhere, deserve a government that supports an open marketplace of ideas, transparent and accountable governance, and equal treatment under the law, and the ability to exercise their rights without fear of retribution."

In an unusually strong statement, the official urged the Kremlin to provide a level playing field for all political parties seeking to compete in the electoral process.

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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