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Police detained outstanding Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny on arrival at a Moscow airport after he flew home to Russia from Germany for the primary time since he was poisoned final summer time.
The move on Sunday, which might see Navalny jailed for 3 and a half years for allegedly flouting the phrases of a suspended jail sentence, is more likely to spark a wave of Western criticism of President Vladimir Putin.
In a case that drew vast worldwide consideration, Navalny was poisoned final summer time by what German navy assessments confirmed was a Novichok nerve agent, a model of occasions the Kremlin rejects.
Navalny’s airplane from Berlin was diverted to a different Moscow airport on the final minute in an obvious effort by authorities to thwart journalists and supporters greeting him.
After Navalny stated final week he deliberate to return home, the Moscow jail service (FSIN) stated it will do every little thing to arrest him as soon as he returned, accusing him of flouting the phrases of a suspended jail sentence for embezzlement, a 2014 case he says was trumped up.
But the 44-year-old opposition politician laughed and joked with journalists on his airplane, saying he was not afraid and didn’t imagine he could be arrested.
In the occasion, he was swiftly detained when he confirmed his passport to frame guards earlier than formally coming into Russia, Reuters witnesses stated. His spouse, Yulia, his spokeswoman, and his lawyer had been allowed to enter Russia.
FSIN stated in an announcement Navalny had been detained as a result of alleged violations of his suspended jail sentence and could be held in custody till a court docket listening to later this month that may rule whether or not to transform his suspended sentence right into a jail time period.
Navalny, considered one of Putin’s most outstanding home critics, faces potential hassle in three different legal circumstances too, all of which he says are politically motivated.
Navalny says Putin was behind his poisoning. The Kremlin denies involvement, says it has seen no proof that he was poisoned, and that he was free to return to Russia.
‘Completely unacceptable’
European Union members Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia referred to as for the “imposition of restrictive measures” towards Russia following Navalny’s arrest, Lithuanian Foreign affairs minister stated in a tweet on Sunday.
“Detaining Alexei Navalny by the Russian authorities is completely unacceptable. We demand his immediate release,” the minister, Gabrielius Landsbergis, stated in a tweet.
“EU should act swiftly and if he is not released, we need to consider imposition of restrictive measures in response to this blatant act,” he added.
His airplane had been meant to arrive at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport, however was diverted to land at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport as a substitute. The flight was operated by Russian airline Pobeda, owned by state-controlled Aeroflot.
OVD-Info, a monitoring group, stated police had detained 53 individuals in Moscow and 5 in St Petersburg.
Law enforcement officers at Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow, Russia [Handout via Reuters]Navalny fell right into a coma whereas aboard a home flight from Siberia to Moscow on August 20. He was transferred from a hospital in Siberia to a Berlin hospital two days later.
Russian authorities insisted that the docs who handled Navalny in Siberia earlier than he was airlifted to Germany discovered no traces of poison and have challenged German officers to supply proof of his poisoning.
They refused to open a full-fledged legal inquiry, citing an absence of proof that Navalny was poisoned.
Last month, Navalny launched the recording of a telephone name he stated he made to a person he described as an alleged member of a bunch of officers of the Federal Security Service, or FSB, who purportedly poisoned him in August after which tried to cowl it up. The FSB dismissed the recording as faux.
Last month, Navalny launched the recording of a telephone name he stated he made to a person he described as an alleged member of a bunch of officers of the Federal Security Service, or FSB, who purportedly poisoned him in August after which tried to cowl it up. The FSB dismissed the recording as faux.

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