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Alexei Navalny stands surrounded by journalists on board a Boeing 737-800 of the Russian airline Pobeda before leaving Berlin Brandenburg Airport on January 17, 2021.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was arrested by police on Sunday after his arrival in Moscow. The plane that took him from Berlin landed in the metropolis in the early evening, but at the last minute it was diverted from Vnukovo airport, where criticism of the Kremlin was waiting for its supporters and the media, to the larger international airport Sheremetyevo. This was reported by the news agencies AFP and DPA.

Before the change of course, the plane of the Russian company Pobeda circled over Vnukov. Opposition politician Ilya Yashin called the maneuver a “hysterical reaction” to the Russian government. Police arrested four leading allies of 44-year-old Navalny at Vnukovo Airport on Sunday.

The dissident returned to Russia, despite the fact that the local authorities had previously declared their intention to arrest him and possibly imprison him for several years. The spokeswoman Kira Jarmyšová confirmed on the social network that “Alexei was immediately dragged away by the police force without explanation.”

Alexei Navalny and his wife Julia
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Navalny, an outspoken critic of the Kremlin, was treated in Berlin for several months from poisoning he blamed on the Russian government. The opposition leader experienced a pain last year during a flight from the city of Tomsk to Moscow last August after he was allegedly poisoned by the nerve-paralytic substance of the Novičok group.

Russia’s prison service said on Thursday it was obliged to detain the opposition politician as soon as he returned home.

At the end of December, the Federal Service for the Execution of Sentences (FSIN) warned Navalny that they could place him in custody if he did not report immediately to her office in accordance with the terms of his 2014 suspended sentence.

He was charged with charges of embezzlement and money laundering, which Navalny denies as politically motivated. The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has ruled that this verdict was illegal.

Since the end of last year, the bailiff has also been investigated for allegations of fraud. Russia’s Committee of Inquiry (Sledkom) claims that, along with others, it has used the 3.9 million euros provided by donors to its anti-corruption fund for “personal purposes”.

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