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1 Mar 2021

We need to stop being held hostage by countries whose judicial systems are not independent, says UN Special Rapporteur

Presenter

Russia was responsible for the poisoning of the opposition leader Alexei Navalny. That’s according to a detailed report from two Special Rapporteurs for the United Nations, who called for his immediate release from prison. They’ve accused the Kremlin of using the nerve agent Novichok against its opponents and said an independent investigation into the poisoning should be carried out as a matter of urgency.

We spoke to Agnes Callamard, the UN Special Rapporteur and one of the authors of the report, and began by asking what she wanted to achieve with it.