Navalny’s death and its impact on EU-Russia relations


The death of Alexei Navalny, Putin’s main opponent, on February 25, 2024, has shaken the already fragile foundations of relations between the European Union and Russia. Navalny’s death, which occurred in suspicious circumstances while he was in prison, has highlighted human rights abuses in Russia and reinforced accusations of political repression against Putin’s regime.

The EU immediately condemned Navalny’s death, calling it “an unacceptable act” and calling for an independent investigation. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the EU “will continue to defend human rights and democracy in Russia.”

Navalny’s death is likely to have a significant impact on EU-Russia relations. The EU could impose new sanctions on Russia, further escalating tensions between the two sides. In addition, Navalny’s death could strengthen the position of those within the EU who are calling for a greater commitment to defending human rights and democracy in Russia.

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