AFP reporters said the main Russian rival, Alexei Navalny, was arrested by police when she arrived at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport this Sunday (17), where she was preparing to undergo passport control.
The Russian Prison Services (FSIN) confirmed in a statement to 44-year-old Navalny Prison that he would remain in custody “until the court’s decision on his case”.
Alexey Navalny on a plane at the airport in Berlin, before leaving for the Russian capital, Moscow – Photo: Polina Ivanova / passengers
Or opponent I was flying back from germany, Where he stayed for several months to recover from an alleged poisoning that he attributes to Russian Special Services (FSB) by direct order of President Vladimir Putin.
According to FSIN, Navalny violated the terms of the 2014 sentence while living in Germany, which requires him to report to the prison administration at least twice a week.
Returning from a visit to Siberia in August, the main figure of the Russian opposition suddenly fell into a coma. He was initially hospitalized in Omsk, but was sent a few days later to a hospital in Berlin.
Three European laboratories concluded that they had been poisoned with a Novichok-type nerve agent developed in the Soviet era, confirmed by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).
Moscow denied and accused Western and Navy secret services.
European Council calls for issuance
Navlani’s arrest was criticized by European leaders. On Twitter, European Council President Charles Michel asked Moscow for the “immediate” release of the main Russian rival.
The head of European Union (EU) diplomacy, Josep Borel, in turn, asked the Russian authorities to “respect the rights of Navalny”. “The politicization of the judicial system is unacceptable,” the former Spanish Chancellor said.