The Russian Prison Service (FSIN) said on Thursday that it intends to arrest the opponent Alexeï Navalny if he returns to Russia. He is accused of having violated the conditions of a suspended prison sentence aimed at him.
Recovering in Germany, after being the victim of suspected poisoning in August, he announced Wednesday that he would return to Russia on Sunday, despite a threat of prison sentence.
“Coming to Germany was not my choice (…) I found myself here because they tried to kill me,” said in a video posted on his Instagram page of the 44-year-old opponent, announcing that he had bought a plane ticket to Moscow.
Poisoned by a Novichok-type nerve agent
Corruption slayer and sworn enemy of the Kremlin, Mr. Navalny was uneasy in August when he returned from an election tour. His plane had made an emergency landing in Omsk in Siberia, where he was hospitalized 48 hours before being evacuated, in a coma, to Germany.
The opponent got out of it in early September and three European laboratories concluded that there was poisoning by a Novichok-type nerve agent, designed in Soviet times: a conclusion confirmed by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), despite denials from Moscow.
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