Kremlin foe Alexei Navalny returns to Russia

Kremlin foe Alexei Navalny returns to Russia

Russian
opposition
leader

Alexei
Navalny
returned
to
Russia
on
Sunday
five
months
after
his
poisoning
with
the
nerve
agent
Novichok.

He
arrived
with
his
wife
Yulia
Navalnaya
at
Moscow’s
Sheremetyevo
Airport
on
Sunday
evening
local
time.
Navalny
was
detained
on
his
arrival
at Sheremetyevo.

Navalny
traveled
from
Berlin
to
Moscow
after
recovering
in
Germany
from
his
poisoning
in
August.
Confusion
surrounded his
arrival
in
Russia

his
plane
was
scheduled
to
land
at
Moscow’s
Vnukovo
Airport,
where
supporters
and
media
were
waiting.

His
spokeswoman
Kira
Yarmysh
tweeted
at
12:12
p.m.
ET
that
he
had
arrived
at
Sheremetyevo.
“Until
recently
it
was
impossible
to
believe
that
they
were
so
afraid.
But
here’s
the
confirmation,”
she
wrote,
in
a
translated
tweet.


SUPPORTERS
AWAIT
NAVALNY’S
RETURN
AT
MOSCOW
AIRPORT,
WHERE
HE
FACES
THE
THREAT
OF
ARREST

After
disembarking
the
plane,
Yarmysh
tweeted
that Navalny
was
asked
to
go
somewhere
to “clarify
the
circumstances
of
crossing
the
state
border”

She
then
tweeted
video
of
Navalny
being
taken
away
by
police.
He
kissed
his
wife
before
being
detained.  

At
Vnukovo,
Navalny
supporters
and
members
of
his
team
were detained
by
police
prior
to
his
arrival,
according
to reports
and
posts
on
social
media.

Video
showed
prominent
opposition
activist
Lyubov
Sobol
being
detained
at
Vnukovo. 

Navalny
announced
Wednesday
that
he
would
return,
despite
Russian
authorities’
threats
to
put
him
behind
bars
again.
On
Thursday,
Russia’s
prison
service
said
that
he
faced
immediate
arrest
upon
his
return.

Alexei Navalny and his wife, Yulia, sit in the plane prior to their flight to Moscow in the Airport Berlin Brandenburg (BER) in Schoenefeld, near Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021.

Alexei
Navalny
and
his
wife,
Yulia,
sit
in
the
plane
prior
to
their
flight
to
Moscow
in
the
Airport
Berlin
Brandenburg
(BER)
in
Schoenefeld,
near
Berlin,
Germany,
Sunday,
Jan.
17,
2021.

(AP
Photo/Mstyslav
Chernov)

Navalny,
who
has
blamed
his
poisoning
on
the
Kremlin,
charged
that
Russian
President

Vladimir
Putin
was
trying
to
deter
him
from
coming
home
with
new
legal
motions.
The
Kremlin
has
repeatedly
denied
a
role
in
the
opposition
leader’s
poisoning.


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At
the
end
of
December,
the
Federal
Penitentiary
Service,
or
FSIN,
warned
Navalny
that
he
faced
time
in
prison
if
he
fails
to
immediately
report
to
its
office
in
line
with
the
terms
of
a
suspended
sentence
and
probation
he
received
for
a
2014
conviction
on
charges
of
embezzlement
and
money
laundering
that
he
rejected
as
politically
motivated.
The
European
Court
for
Human
Rights
had
ruled
that
his
conviction
was
unlawful.


The
Associated
Press
contributed
to
this
article.


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