The rights organization shunned Navalny. It's what Putin would've wanted.
Ms. Albats, thank you for your informed commentary. As you know better than most, the events that have transpired, over the past few weeks, speak more to Amnesty International's decision-making processes, and the reforms that those processes require, than to the nobility of Mr. Navalny's efforts in Russia. Sadly, given these times, where moments caught on tape regularly manage to nullify a person's years of efforts and accomplishments, Amnesty's actions shouldn't surprise us.
I can't help but to caricature (please pardon the sarcasm) the internal conversations at Amnesty, proceeding something along the lines of, "Well, we know Navalny's spent years fighting for reforms against one of the world's most repressive authoritarians, but he was also mean in those videos . . . " I hope that Amnesty takes time to reevaluate whether it actually wants to help important dissidents who confront tyranny.
Appalling! Amnesty is sinking to level of UN Human Rights Council. And though I believe President Biden is right that the battles must be fought from within that forum, there is really no excuse for Amnesty
Mr. Berkowitz, I confess to guarded optimism with regard to President Biden. We shall see