Vladimir Kara-Murza

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 30th June 2022.

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Photo of John Howell John Howell Conservative, Henley

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps she is taking to help support political prisoner Vladimir Karma-Murza in Russia in the context of the debate which took place at the Council of Europe in the week beginning 20 June 2022 entitled Reported cases of political prisoners in the Russian Federation.

Photo of Vicky Ford Vicky Ford Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The imprisonment of Vladimir Kara-Murza is the latest attempt by Russian authorities to shutdown opposition to their policies. On the 18 May diplomatic representatives from British Embassy Moscow, alongside international partners attended Mr Kara-Murza's appeal hearing. On 26 May, Minister Cleverly met with Mrs Evgenia Kara-Murza to discuss the detention of her husband. On 9 June, we raised his case in the Permanent Council of the OSCE. We continue to call for the Russian Federation to release Vladimir Kara-Murza, and recognise the vital work of the Council of Europe and PACE in this sphere. We note that recommendations will go to the Committee of Ministers in due course for appropriate review.

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