Russian prison service promises to arrest opponent if returned

Alexei Navalny in Berlin, September 23, 2020, after being released from hospital. – Handout / Instagram account @navalny / AFP

If he returns to Russia as he plans to do on Sunday, the opponent Alexeï Navalny will be arrested by the Russian prison services (FSIN), the latter said on Thursday, accusing him of having violated the conditions of a sentence of suspended prison sentence targeting him.

“The Federal Service of Russian Prisons is obliged to take all necessary measures to arrest the offender Alexeï Navalny, pending a court decision to replace his suspended sentence with a firm (prison) sentence”, said find out the FSIN in a press release.

One recording twice a month

The FSIN accuses Alexei Navalny, who has been recovering for months in Germany after an alleged poisoning attempt, for failing to report to Russian penitentiary services twice a month, as required by the conditions of a sentence of five years in prison to which he was sentenced in 2015.

If the FSIN admits “to take into account” the fact that Alexeï Navalny was for three weeks in a coma in a Berlin hospital, it assures that the opponent did not respond to a summons on October 23 and did ” notified that a month later “to the Russian authorities that he was in Germany,” where, according to him, he is in recovery “. “The fact of undergoing rehabilitation procedures is not a reason for not appearing for registration” at the prison inspection, further estimated the FSIN, adding that Alexeï Navalny “has been placed on the list of persons sought with the order to take measures to stop it when establishing its location ”.

An assassination attempt against Alexeï Navalny?

Charismatic anti-corruption activist and sworn enemy of the Kremlin, Alexeï Navalny was uneasy in August when he returned from an election tour in Siberia. Placed in a coma in Russia then in Germany, he was the victim according to three European laboratories of poisoning with Novichok, an innervating agent developed by Soviet specialists for military purposes.

This conclusion was confirmed by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), despite repeated denials from Moscow. Released from hospital in early September, the opponent claims that the Russian security services (FSB) sought to assassinate him on the direct order of President Vladimir Putin. He plans to return to Russia on Sunday.

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