The peaceful demonstrations held on 3 August in Moscow and other towns and cities in Russia have again led to several hundred arrests, as in the preceding week.
France condemns these arrests and the clearly excessive use of force which accompanied them.
It reiterates its commitment to freedom of expression in all its aspects, including peaceful demonstration and participation in free and transparent elections.
It calls on Russia to immediately release the people imprisoned in recent days and abide by the commitments it has made as a member of the OSCE and Council of Europe.
These issues form an integral part of our stringent political dialogue with Russia.
Statement by the Deputy Spokeperson of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, 3 August 2019