US Senator criticizes McKinsey for vetoing support for protests in Russia

US Senator criticizes McKinsey for vetoing support for protests in Russia

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Miami, Jan 24 (EFE) .- Senator Marco Rubio on Sunday repudiated that the US consulting firm McKinsey prohibited its employees from participating in the protests that took place this Saturday in Russia in support of the opposition leader Alexéi Navalni, imprisoned after his return to the country after recovering from poisoning.

The Florida senator urged McKinsey & Company to explain whether it “consulted” with Vladimir Putin’s government officials before or after he sent an email prohibiting his employees from joining the “peaceful” demonstrations.

The Cuban-born senator was “dismayed” and “incredulous” of the consultancy’s work with “authoritarian regimes” in a letter sent to its directors in which he asked for explanations.

“It is no secret that McKinsey maintains close business ties with Russian government agencies and companies linked to the Kremlin,” he stressed in the letter.

“I am increasingly concerned about his work on behalf of the United States government,” he adds.

The US condemned this Saturday “the continuous efforts to suppress the right of Russians to assemble peacefully and to freedom of expression” and called for the “immediate and unconditional” release of Navalni.

Navalni’s arrest and the crackdown on the protests that followed “are worrying signs of further restrictions on civil society and fundamental freedoms,” said State Department spokesman Ned Price.

The message sent to McKinsey employees urges them to refrain from supporting any political activity that includes posts on social networks “that show their political opinions or their attitude towards any action with a political touch.”

“This line of conduct is mandatory,” says the email sent to the workers warning that “almost certainly will not be authorized” these protests by the Putin government.

This Saturday, the followers of Navalni, in preventive detention for six days, took to the streets of a hundred cities in Russia to challenge President Putin despite the violent repression of the Police and the more than 2,000 arrests throughout the whole country.

Navalni, who is accused of having violated the terms of a suspended sentence of 3.5 years in prison handed down in 2014 and declared illegal by the European Court of Human Rights, assures that the Russian government seeks to silence him after the assassination attempt suffered by the last year when he was poisoned by order of Putin, according to a complaint.

(c) EFE Agency


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