- Among those detained is the coordinator of Navalny's organization in St. Petersburg, Irina Fatianova, and activist Ilya Gantvar.
- Alexei Navalny, 44, announced that he will arrive in Moscow from Berlin on flight DP936 of the airline Pobeda whose arrival is scheduled for 19:20 local time.
- German, French, and Swedish laboratories, as well as tests by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, concluded that Navalny had been exposed to an agent manufactured during the Soviet regime.
Russian police officers today detained several activists in who were scheduled to receive the nation’s opposition chief scheduled to arrive back in the country anytime in the course of the day. The arrests took place in St. Petersburg today as reported by a section of the country’s local media.
Among those detained is the coordinator of Navalny’s organization in St. Petersburg, Irina Fatianova, and activist Ilya Gantvar. Both were arrested when they were about to board a train bound for Moscow.
Thousands of people have expressed on social media their willingness to go to the Moscow airport in Vnukovo to receive Alexei Navalny, despite warnings from the prosecutor’s office in the Russian capital that he will take legal action against anyone who participates in “unauthorized public activity”.
Alexei Navalny, 44, announced that he will arrive in Moscow from Berlin on flight DP936 of the airline Pobeda whose arrival is scheduled for 19:20 local time.
The opposition leader to the Kremlin, returns to Russia after almost five months of medical treatment in Germany, after being poisoned by a toxic substance for military use, which according to the activist was ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Navalny is being targeted for arrest by the Russian authorities and he is thus likely to be arrested the moment he lands in Russia.
The detention order was made by the Federal Prison Service of Russia, which asked the court for Alexei Navalny to be imprisoned to serve a suspended sentence of 3.5 years to which he was sentenced in 2014, a judgment considered “arbitrary” in 2017 by the European Court of Human Rights.
According to the information portal Baza, for the arrival of Navalny at Vnukovo airport, a police device of more than a hundred agents is expected to be deployed, which includes a special group that will be responsible for the possible arrest of the Kremlin’s political opponent.
Navalny, the most prominent leader of the opposition to the Russian regime, who has served several prison terms over the past few years, fell sick as he was returning home on a plane trip between Siberia and Moscow last summer.
After being hospitalized for emergency in Omsk, he was transferred to a clinic in the German capital.
German, French, and Swedish laboratories, as well as tests by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, concluded that Navalny had been exposed to an agent manufactured during the Soviet regime.
Russian authorities insist that Russian doctors who treated Navalnyna Siberia before he was transferred to Germany found no traces of poison and challenged Germany to provide evidence on the poisoning.
In December, Navalny released a recording of a phone call with a man who says he belongs to the Russian intelligence services (FSB), and who was allegedly one of those involved in the poisoning operation, a recording that FSB claims to be false.