Refusal to issue Navalny foreign passport upheld
MOSCOW, September 30 (RAPSI) - Moscow’s Zamoskvoretsky District Court on Wednesday upheld the Federal Migration Service’s refusal to issue opposition politician Alexei Navalny a foreign travel passport, RAPSI reports from the courtroom.
Attorney Vadim Kobzev said that this denial violates Navalny’s constitutional rights.
Last June, Navalny announced that he was deprived of the opportunity to travel outside Russia after being denied a foreign travel passport.
Vladimir Yefimkin, head of the Foreign Passport Department of the Federal Migration Service in Moscow, told RIA Novosti that the decision is based on Russian law.
“In accordance with Article 15 Section 4 of the Federal Law On Exit from and Entrance to the Russian Federation, Alexei Navalny will not be issued a foreign passport. The right of a Russian national to travel outside the country may be temporarily restricted if he or she was convicted of a crime, until the sentence is served or until release from the sentence,” – Yefimkin said.
Alexei Navalny is a Russian political and public figure, leader of the Party of Progress. He ran for Moscow mayor and is the author of one of the most popular political blogs that was banned for promoting unauthorized public protests. He has already been given two suspended sentences for embezzlement – five years in the Kirovles case and 3.5 years in the recent Yves Rocher Vostok case.