Secretary of State Antony Blinken says the U.S. has a deep concern over the treatment of Alexei Navalny because he is the "voice of many, many, many Russians and it should be heard." (Jan. 27)
ANTONY BLINKEN: As you know, already expressed our deep concern for the treatment of Mr. Navalny specifically, and more generally with the human rights situation in Russia. And it remains striking to me how concerned and maybe even scared the Russian government seems to be of one man-- Mr. Navalny.
Across the board, as the president has said, we're reviewing all of these actions that are of deep concern to us, whether it is the treatment of Mr. Navalny, and particularly the apparent use of a chemical weapon in an attempt to assassinate him.
We're looking very urgently as well at SolarWinds and its various implications. We're looking at the reports of bounties placed by Russia on American forces in Afghanistan. And of course, we're looking at these questions of election interference.
As I say, we have a deep concern for Mr. Navalny's safety and security. And the larger point is that his voice is the voice of many, many, many Russians. And it should be heard, not muzzled.