Foreign policy experts accuse Russia of torturing Navalny

Members of the Bundestag's Foreign Affairs Committee call for a review of detention conditions by the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture.

Außenpolitiker werfen Russland Folterung Nawalnys vor

Berlin (dpa) - Members of the Bundestag's Committee on Foreign Affairs have spoken of "targeted torture" of the imprisoned Russian opposition politician in a letter to Alexei Navalny. In the letter, they expressed their acknowledgement of and full solidarity with Navalny and stated that they were following reports of the conditions of his detention with great concern.

"We consider your treatment to be targeted torture and thus incompatible with the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment," reads the letter, which is published on the internet on the website of MEP Manuel Sarrazin (Greens) and was previously reported by "Der Spiegel".

"Notwithstanding the arbitrary and unlawful nature of the sentences pronounced against you, we call for a review of your detention conditions by the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture," the politicians stated in the letter.

In February, Navalny was sentenced to serve several years in prison in a much-criticised trial and is now on hunger strike. Last summer, he narrowly survived an assassination attempt with the nerve agent Novichok. In recent days, Navalny had complained of a deterioration in his health.