Russian opposition chief Alexei Navalny returned to Russia on Sunday 5 months after his poisoning with the nerve agent Novichok.
He arrived along with his spouse Yulia Navalnaya at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport on Sunday night native time. Navalny faces arrest on his return to Russia.
Navalny traveled from Berlin to Moscow after recovering in Germany from his poisoning in August. Confusion surrounded his arrival in Russia — his aircraft was scheduled to land at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport, the place supporters and media had been ready.
His spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh tweeted at 12:12 p.m. ET that he had arrived at Sheremetyevo. “Till lately it was unimaginable to consider that they had been so afraid. However here is the affirmation,” she wrote, in a translated tweet.
SUPPORTERS AWAIT NAVALNY’S RETURN AT MOSCOW AIRPORT, WHERE HE FACES THE THREAT OF ARREST
At Vnukovo, Navalny supporters and members of his crew had been detained by police previous to his arrival, in response to reviews and posts on social media.
Navalny introduced Wednesday that he would return, regardless of Russian authorities’ threats to place him behind bars once more. On Thursday, Russia’s jail service mentioned that he confronted instant arrest upon his return.
Navalny, who has blamed his poisoning on the Kremlin, charged that Russian President Vladimir Putin was attempting to discourage him from coming dwelling with new authorized motions. The Kremlin has repeatedly denied a job within the opposition chief’s poisoning.
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On the finish of December, the Federal Penitentiary Service, or FSIN, warned Navalny that he confronted time in jail if he fails to right away report back to its workplace consistent with the phrases of a suspended sentence and probation he acquired for a 2014 conviction on expenses of embezzlement and cash laundering that he rejected as politically motivated. The European Court docket for Human Rights had dominated that his conviction was illegal.
The Related Press contributed to this text.
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