“Fight for your democratic Rights and have Courage”

I am convinced that with these and other measures, with courage like Alexei Navalny and his comrades-in-arms have shown, the change of rule, the change of statehood from within is possible”, said FDP Federal Chairman Christian Lindner in his laudation on the occasion of the presentation of the M100 Media Award to Alexei Nawalny and his anti-corruption foundation FBK on 6 October 2021 in the Palace Theatre of the New Palace in Potsdam. “Alexei Navalny himself says: ‘Fight for your democratic rights and have courage'”, Lindner continoused.

“I am convinced the pursuit of freedom is always stronger than power and oppression in the long run. For liberal democracies, democratic opposition should remain a natural partner everywhere in the world, not only in Russia, but we should take the concerns of the people in Hong Kong equally seriously and not take our eyes off the situation in Belarus. We share the basic values of democracy, the rule of law and freedom with this opposition worldwide. Germany and Europe need a foreign policy that wisely combines the interests in dialogue, trade, exchange, and cooperation that we all share with our own indispensable values.”

The whole speech is available here.