Far-right hate-monger Tommy Robinson seems to have received the backing of the Russian Foreign Ministry over his treatment by the UK government.
Robinson is currently on trial for contempt of court for filming defendants accused of sexual exploitation at Leeds Crown Court in May 2018.
Speaking to Russian daily newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda about Robinson, the Russian Foreign Ministry said:
“As for the political views of Robinson, we proceed, first of all, from the fact that one of the features inherent in modern society is political pluralism. Persecution of citizens for their beliefs is unacceptable. And this applies equally to all states, including the UK.”
Commenting specifically on the ongoing court case, they added:
“In any democratic state – and the authorities of the United Kingdom invariably rank their country as such – only the court has the right to determine the degree of citizens’ responsibility for the alleged offenses,
“Guided by the principle of non-interference in court proceedings, it would be simply incorrect for us to comment on this trial before it is completed, but of course we will continue to closely monitor the situation.”
Robinson was interviewed by Komsomolskaya Pravda on 30th June, during which he called for the thawing of relations between Russia and the UK, and said that he didn’t trust the UK security services over the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal.
We wonder whether this had anything to do with the Russian Foreign Ministry’s glowing remarks…