Navalny arrested upon arrival in Moscow from Germany
Published: 10:50 AM, 18 January 2021 Updated: 01:00 PM, 18 January 2021
Alexei Navalny arrested upon return to Russia; Photo: AFP
Alexei Navalny, Russian opposition leader and a strong Putin critic, was arrested on Sunday upon his arrival in Moscow from Germany – where he received medical treatment for alleged poisoning over the past months.
Confirming the information, Russia’s Federal Penitentiary Service their officers detained Navalny at the Sheremetyevo International Airport for “systematic violations of the conditions of the probationary period.” - reports AFP.
“The opposition figure on probation was put on a wanted list on 29 December 2020 and he will remain in detention until a court ruling,” the service said.
Navalny, a harsh Kremlin critic, fell into a coma on a flight from the Russian city of Tomsk to Moscow on 20 August 2020. He was then transferred to a Berlin hospital with suspected poisoning symptoms.
Earlier in September, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Navalny was poisoned with the Soviet-style Novichok nerve agent.
Russian authorities have repeatedly denied the accusations and demanded solid evidence from Germany.