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PM calls for Navalny's release, probe into poisoning

Published : 18 Jan 2021, 11:05

Updated : 18 Jan 2021, 11:55

  DF Report

Prime Minister Sanna Marin. File Photo: Finnish government by Laura Kotila.

Prime Minister Sanna Marin on Monday demanded immediet release of the Russian opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, who was arrested in Moscow on Sunday upon his arrival from Germany after medical treatment.

The Premier in a twitter post in the morning also demanded probe into the incident of Navalny’s poisoning and protect rights of opposition.

“Russian opposition politician@Navalny must be released without delay. Also others arrested at his arrival should be freed. Russia should investigate Navalny’s poisoning, protect rights of opposition which belongs to any democracy,” said Marin in her twitter post.

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

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.