The spokesperson of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, issued the following statement today: "The High Representative expresses concern about the detention of hundreds of protesters demonstrating after Sunday's Duma elections, and about reports of police violence against activists, journalists and bystanders. She recalls the need to respect freedom of assembly and expression. The High Representative also reiterates her support for the work of the OSCE / ODIHR election observation mission and its preliminary assessment, and expects Russian authorities to act on their findings."
Well, that's nice. Hopefully the EU won't use the same overwhelming insults it dropped on the Ukranian thugs when they conveniently imprisoned Tymoshenko... yes, the same Tymoshenko the E.Parliament, Council and Commission were all so sure would be released within days of her sentencing. Next time, MEPs might like to keep their Foreign Minister entertained in the Parliament's Mickey Mouse Cafe (this is it's real name...) for a month or two?