Russia: Political Prisoners

Prime Minister written question – answered on 14th July 2017.

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Photo of Jonathan Lord Jonathan Lord Conservative, Woking

To ask the Prime Minister, what recent discussions she has had with President Vladimir Putin of Russia on political prisoners in that country.

Photo of Jonathan Lord Jonathan Lord Conservative, Woking

To ask the Prime Minister, what recent discussions she has had with her Russian counterpart on the treatment of political prisoners in that country.

Photo of Theresa May Theresa May The Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party

While I met President Putin at this G20, my last substantive bilateral with him was at the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China where we discussed a range of international and domestic issues. In our bilateral relationship with Russia we regularly raise our concerns with Russia that political freedoms in that country are becoming increasingly constrained. The interests of the Russian people and the stability of the Russian state would be best served by a political system based on strong institutions, together with a safe political space for dissenting views to be heard, and free and fair elections.

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