Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was detained at the passport control zone at Sheremetyevo International Airport immediately after arriving in Moscow. On Sunday, he flew back to Russia from Berlin, where he was treated for poisoning.

Moscow’s Department of the Federal Penitentiary Service stated that Navalny was detained for evading appearance at the penitentiary inspection as a person given suspended sentence for a crime. Therefore, he will be in custody pending a court ruling.

“Citizen Navalny was detained on the basis of a resolution issued by the head of the Federal Penitentiary Service Department of Moscow on 29 December 2020, according to which the convict was put on the wanted list for systematic violations of the conditions of a suspended sentence with an order to take measures to detain him when his whereabouts are established,” the Service explained.

In turn, European Council President Charles Michel and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell called on the Russian authorities to immediately release opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

Natalia Tolub

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