Alexei Navalny returned to Russia from Germany. He was detained at Sheremetyevo Airport.
вЂњAt Sheremetyevo airport, officers of the search department of the operational department of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service in Moscow detained Alexei Navalny, who had been on the wanted list since December 29, 2020, for repeated violations of the probation period,вЂќ the Federal Penitentiary Service said in a statement.
Navalny's further measure of restraint will be determined by the court; he will remain in custody pending a court decision, the agency said.
Navalny earlier said that he intended to return to Russia on January 17, and the Federal Penitentiary Service said it planned to detain him because the court must decide whether to replace his suspended sentence with a real one because of вЂњgross violationsвЂќ of his suspended sentence. Navalny has two suspended sentences. The first, in the вЂњKirovlesвЂќ case, is related to the embezzlement of over 16 million rubles; the second, in the вЂњYves Rocher" case, is related to the theft of over 30 million rubles.
On August 20 Navalny was hospitalized in Omsk after he felt unwell on the plane on the way from Tomsk. According to his medical examinations, the Omsk doctors diagnosed him as suffering from a metabolic disorder that caused a sharp change in his blood sugar. It is not yet clear what caused it, but according to doctors in Omsk, Navalny's blood and urine showed no traces of poisons.
Later, he was airlifted to Germany. Later, the German government claimed, citing military medical experts, that Navalny had been allegedly poisoned with a substance from the Novichok group of warfare agents. Later the FRG Cabinet of Ministers reported that the conclusions of German experts had been confirmed by Swedish and French laboratories, while at the same time, the OPCW is conducting its own investigation at Berlin's request. In that connection, the Kremlin claimed that Berlin had not informed Moscow of its conclusions, and the Russian Foreign Ministry stressed at the time that Russia was waiting for a response from Germany to an official inquiry about this situation: Russia sent Germany requests for legal assistance in the Navalny case one month in advance, and no answers had been received at the time, nor had it received any letters from the OPCW.
As early as the day of Navalny's hospitalization, the Russian prosecutor's office and police began their inspections.
German authorities had previously not denied that the German intelligence service BND had access to the warfare agent Novichok since the 1990s.