U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement in support of tens of thousands of Russians who are protesting the unjust arrest of Alexei Navalny.

“Vladimir Putin is a coward who fears the strength and resilience of the Russian people. Tens of thousands of Russians took to the streets because they’re fed up with Putin and refuse to be silenced by his tyrannical regime. The free world has seen their bravery. The Kremlin must release Alexei Navalny immediately, along with the thousands of Russians they’ve unjustly arrested in the last 24 hours. The United States should immediately rally an international response to impose Magnitsky sanctions on those leading the crackdown on protesters and invoke the provisions of the Chemical Weapons Convention to inspect Russian facilities that produced the nerve agents involved in Navalny’s poisoning. It’s time the freedom-loving world cut off all avenues of support for Putin’s corrupt regime.”