February 2, 2016 / 9:51 AM / 2 years ago

EU envoy appalled by Putin ally's murder threats to Russian opposition figure

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The European Union’s ambassador to Russia said on Tuesday he was appalled by “disgusting” murder threats made by Chechnya’s leader Ramzan Kadyrov to Mikhail Kasyanov, a Russian opposition figure, and urged the authorities to react immediately.

Russian opposition leader Mikhail Kasyanov addresses a news conference during a break in congress of his RPR-Parnas (Republican Party of Russia- People's Freedom Party) party in Moscow July 5, 2015. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Kadyrov, one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s most loyal allies, stirred fear among Kremlin critics on Monday by releasing a video showing opposition leader Kasyanov in the cross-hairs of a sniper’s rifle.

“EU Ambassador to Russia (Vygaudas) Ušackas considers that the recent statements by Kadyrov towards the Russian political opposition and civil society are unacceptable in the democratic state,” the EU mission in Moscow said in a statement after a telephone conversation between Ušackas and Kasyanov.

Reporting by Christian Lowe; Writing by Dmitry Solovyovж; Editing by Lidia Kelly

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