Saturday February 27, 2021

Navalny sent to detention for 30 days

Published : 19 Jan 2021, 00:56

  DF Report

An Alexei Navalny supporter holds a banner with Navalny's name at Manezhnaya Square in Moscow, Russia, on Dec. 30, 2014. File Photo: Xinhua.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was arrested on Sunday has been sent to detention for 30 days, media reported.

Navalny said a court ruling held inside a police station was a mockery and called for street protests, reported British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

Russian prosecutors say he violated the parole terms of a suspended sentence for embezzlement. He says the charges are politically motivated, said the BBC report.

Navalny was detained on Sunday upon his arrival in Moscow from Germany, where he received medical treatment for alleged poisoning over the past months.

Russia's Federal Penitentiary Service said its officers detained Navalny at the Sheremetyevo International Airport for his "systematic violations of the conditions of the probationary period."

The opposition figure on probation was put on a wanted list on Dec. 29, 2020 and he will remain in detention until a court ruling, the service said.

Putin critic Alexei Navalny has been discharged from the Charité Hospital in Berlin in late September, 2020 where he was being treated for Novichok nerve agent poisoning.

He was taken there from Siberia for treatment on August 23.

Traces of the nerve agent allegedly used to poison Russian politician Alexei Navalny were found on a bottle in the hotel room where he stayed before falling ill.

Navalny collapsed on a flight in Siberia in August. Germany says he was poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent.

He believes Putin was responsible for his poisoning.

Earlier, on August 21 Finnish President Sauli Niinistö held separate telephone conversations with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel and discussed various issues including the incident of Alexei Navalny and the question of organising his health care.

After one day, Navalny's medical evacuation flight - paid for by the German non-governmental organisation Cinema for Peace - landed at Tegel airport in Berlin.