Russia arrests Alexei Navalny

Russia arrests Alexei Navalny

Russia arrests Alexei Navalny

Alexei Navalny accused of flouting the terms of a suspended sentence for embezzlement in a case that he says was trumped up but could see him jailed for 3-1/2 years. Russian authorities detained the opposition leader at Moscow airport on Sunday after he returned from Germany for the first time since his poisoning last year. 

Navalny’s spokesperson Kira Yarmysh said on Twitter that while Navalny was returning to Moscow by air, he felt unwell as a result of which the plane made an emergency landing in Omsk. She added that Navalny has toxic poisoning. According to a report by Bellingcat and The Insider, Russian intelligence operatives trained in poisons, who had been trailing Navalny for years, were nearby him around this time. 

“We assume that Alexei was poisoned with something mixed into the tea” Yarmysh wrote on the Social Media platform in August. 

European countries have criticised the arrest of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny on his return home after being poisoned and some have called for European Union sanctions against Moscow.

USA- The outgoing secretary of state Mike Pompeo said that the detention was the latest in a series of attempts to silence Navalny and other opposition figures who are critical of Russian authorities. The top US diplomat urged the Russian government to provide a “level playing field” for candidates seeking to compete in the electoral process.

Navalny has over four million YouTube subscribers and over two million Twitter followers.Through these channels he publishes materials about corruption in Russia, organises political demonstrations and promotes his campaigns.

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