Arrest threatens: Navalny flies back to Russia

Five months after being poisoned, the Kremlin critic plans to travel back to Moscow from Berlin today. There he is threatened with several criminal proceedings.

Five months after being poisoned, the Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny plans to return from Germany to Russia on Sunday – where he is threatened with direct arrest. The plane of the Russian company Pobeda is scheduled to take off from BER Airport in Berlin in the afternoon and land at Moscow’s Vnukowo Airport at 5:20 p.m. CET (7:20 p.m. local time). The opposition leader had called on his supporters to meet him there.

The Moscow public prosecutor’s office warned against unauthorized rallies on the airport premises and threatened consequences. Numerous media complained that the airport administration did not want to allow camera teams. The Russian judiciary has put Navalny out to be wanted, which is why the opponent of Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin can expect his arrest.

Navalny recovered in Germany from an attack with the neurotoxin Novitschok, which was banned as a chemical weapon. He was assassinated on August 20 in the Siberian city of Tomsk. Regardless of the risk of being killed or arrested, Navalny stated several times that his place was in Russia and that he wanted to continue his fight against the “Putin system” there.

Several criminal proceedings are threatened

Navalny is threatened with several criminal proceedings in Russia that have been criticized for being politically motivated. An arrest is possible because he is said to have failed to fulfill probation requirements in a previous criminal case while he was in Germany. Navalny had repeatedly blamed Putin and the domestic secret service FSB for the murder. The Kremlin chief had always rejected this.

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(WHAT / dpa)

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