Alexei Navalny was nominated for the European Parliament’s annual human rights prize. Alexei Navalny is famous for criticizing  the Kremlin. European Union Lawmakers seem to be wanting to be a spotlight on Navalny’s pro-democracy network which has been banned in Russia. Navalny is currently imprisoned in Russia. Moscow accused the EU of trying to interfere in its domestic affairs.

I think the EU making this move will worsen relations between the members of the EU and Russia. EU is likely doing to help promote the values of Navalny in Russia. America could likely improve relations with the EU by trying to give Navalny an award as well, however if America tried to take this course of action it would likely damage it relations with Russia.

-Sean S