Russian opponent Alexei Navalni, declared in search and capture

An activist holds a poster with the image of Navalni
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He Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalni, who announced that he will return to Russia next Sunday, is in search and capture, for which he can be arrested as soon as he steps on Russian soil, the Rosíiskaya Gazeta newspaper, the official organ of the Government of the Russian Federation, reported on Thursday.

Navalni, according to the publication, was declared in search and capture on December 29 of last year by the Federal Penitentiary Service (SPF) of Russia for repeatedly evading their obligation to appear before the authority due to his condition of convicted with suspended prison sentence.

“The federal search and arrest warrant implies that the person must be stopped immediately once their whereabouts are established, “Rossíiskaya Gazeta said.

The opponent, who has accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of having ordered his poisoning last August, was sentenced in 2014 for a fraud and fraud case to 3.5 years in prison, with suspension of sentence, with a probationary period that expired on December 30. Precisely, due to these criminal records Navalni was disqualified and could not face Putin in the elections presidential elections of March 2018, in which the latter was re-elected.

The European Court of Human Rights agreed with the opposition leader by ruling in 2017 that the sentences against him and his brother, Oleg, who did go to prison, were “arbitrary.”

Last August 20, Navalni felt ill on board a plane that was returning to Moscow from Tomsk (Siberia), forcing him to make an emergency landing in Omsk, where he was put into a coma before being transferred two days later to a clinic in Berlin, where he was treated. German doctors established that the 44-year-old opposition politician was poisoned with a toxic substance from the Novichok group, a chemical weapon developed in the Soviet Union.

Since shortly after be discharged from Germany on 23 SeptemberNavalni stayed until early December in an apartment in Ibach, a small town in southwestern Germany, near the border with Switzerland and France, where she has kept a low profile. “I have understood that the moment I have been waiting for has arrived: I’m almost healthy and I can finally go home“Navalni wrote on various social networks on Wednesday announcing his return to Russia.

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