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US News The opponent Alexei Navalny returns to Russia despite threats

10:45  17 january  2021
10:45  17 january  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

Opponent Alexei Navalny threatened with jail if returned to Russia

 Opponent Alexei Navalny threatened with jail if returned to Russia © TATYANA MAKEYEVA / REUTERS Alexei Navalny, July 1, 2019 in Moscow. Alexei Navalny is facing a lawsuit in Russia demanding the conversion of a suspended prison sentence to firm prison. The Russian opponent is currently in Germany since his poisoning. Russian courts have registered a complaint demanding the conversion of a suspended prison sentence targeting opponent Alexei Navalny in prison, a measure which, according to his supporters, aims to prevent him from returning to Russia .

Russia ’s opposition leader, Alexei Navalny , has said he will return to the country five months after falling victim to a suspected FSB poisoning, risking his During his time abroad, Navalny collaborated with Bellingcat to identify the members of an FSB hit squad who had followed him around Russia for

Navalny , one of President Vladimir Putin's most prominent domestic critics, announced his decision to return from Germany on Wednesday, saying Supporters plan to greet navalny . Navalny has said he will take a flight operated by Russian airline Pobeda, owned by state-controlled Aeroflot.

Alexei Navalny, ici sur une photo postée le 13 janvier dernier sur son compte Instagram, doit rentrer en Russie ce dimanche 17 janvier, malgré les menaces d’emprisonnement. © @NAVALNY via REUTERS Alexei Navalny, here in a photo posted on January 13 on his Instagram account, is due to return to Russia this Sunday, January 17, despite the threats of 'imprisonment.

Russian opponent Alexei Navalny is due to return to Moscow on Sunday after several months of convalescence in Germany where he was recovering from suspected poisoning, a return despite the almost immediate threats of arrest raised by the Russian courts.

Since Alexei Navalny, the worst enemy of Vladimir Putin, announced Wednesday January 13 its intention to return to Russia , the Russian prison services (FSIN) warned him and assured that they would be "obliged To arrest for having violated the conditions of a suspended prison sentence received in 2014.

The opponent Alexeï Navalny will return to Russia on Sunday

 The opponent Alexeï Navalny will return to Russia on Sunday © Supplied by Le Point The Russian opponent Alexeï Navalny , recovering in Germany after being the victim of suspected poisoning in August, announced Wednesday that 'he would return to Russia on Sunday, despite a threat of jail time. "Coming to Germany was not my choice (...) I ended up here because they tried to kill me," said in a video posted on his Instagram page the 44-year-old opponent , announcing that he had bought a plane ticket to Moscow.

Despite threats from authorities to arrest and jail Alexei Navalny , the most prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin is returning to Russia . Alexei Navalny faces a raft of criminal accusations in Russia he says are fabricated. (AP: Pavel Golovkin).

Navalny , one of President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent domestic critics, announced his decision to return from Germany on Wednesday, saying Supporters plan to greet navalny . Navalny has said he will take a flight operated by Russian airline Pobeda, owned by state-controlled Aeroflot.

Alexeï Navalny, 44, swept aside these maneuvers aimed according to him to frighten him and instead called on his supporters to come. '' welcome at the Moscow airport of Vnukovo, where his plane should land at 7.20 p.m. (4.20 p.m. GMT, 5.20 p.m. French time).

The Russian opposition leader suddenly fell into a coma in August, returning from a trip to Siberia . First hospitalized in Omsk, a large city in the region, he was eventually evacuated to a Berlin hospital under pressure from his relatives.

Three European laboratories have since concluded that the opponent had been poisoned by a Novichok-type nerve agent, developed in Soviet times, a finding confirmed by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) despite denials from Moscow .

After a poison attack: Kremlin opponent Navalny returns to Moscow and risks imprisonment.

 After a poison attack: Kremlin opponent Navalny returns to Moscow and risks imprisonment. In Russia, the prominent critic of Vladimir Putin is threatened with imprisonment or even another assassination attempt. The opposition has big plans for his political struggle. © dpa The Russian opposition politician Alexej Navalny when he takes part in a memorial march for a murdered opposition politician. Five months after being poisoned, Kremlin critic Alexej Navalny wants to return to Russia this Sunday - where he is threatened with direct arrest.

Alexei Navalny returning to Russia despite poisoning, jail threat . Russian dissident Alexei Navalny offered a lengthy denunciation of Twitter’s decision to permanently ban President Trump saying that it appeared to be “based on emotions and personal political preferences.”

Kremlin foe Navalny says he will fly home despite threats . Russia summons UK ambassador over Navalny But Mr Navalny ’s decision to return undoubtedly creates risks for the Kremlin. Masks of opposition leader Alexei Navalny and President Vladimir Putin are seen on sale at a souvenir stall in

The opponent accuses the Russian special services (FSB) of having attempted to assassinate him on the direct order of Vladimir Putin.

Depending on the version, the Russian authorities have questioned the Western secret services, or the hygiene of Alexeï Navalny. Moscow has so far refused to open an investigation to find out what happened to Alexei Navalny , arguing in particular about Germany's refusal to pass its data on to Russia .

On Saturday, however, Berlin announced that it had transmitted to Moscow elements of its judicial investigation, including records of interrogations of Alexey Navalny and samples of blood and tissue, as well as pieces of clothing, saying expect Moscow to begin to shed light on this crime now.

Investigation for fraud

According to the FSIN, Alexeï Navalny did not respect when he was in Germany the conditions of a suspended prison sentence received in 2014, which required him to report at least twice a month to the penitentiary Administration.

The useless waiting of the supporters of Navalny, lost in "absurdity"

 The useless waiting of the supporters of Navalny, lost in © Provided by Le Point L The main Russian opponent Alexeï Navalny never landed at the Vnoukovo airport in Moscow, where he waited in vain several hundred sympathizers trapped in a strange atmosphere, sometimes oppressive, often absurd. In the two days preceding the arrival, Vnukovo airport had deployed an unusual activity on social networks to warn that no "public event" would be allowed, then that a plane ticket would be necessary to enter the airport.

Alexei Navalny is returning to Russia after treatment in Germany - but what awaits him on his homecoming is yet to be seen. Diana Magnay. Alexei Navalny is flying back to Russia and straight into the hands of the authorities. Not only does he face a slew of fresh criminal charges against him

Russian authorities recently have threatened to jail Navalny . Navalny has been in Germany since August where he was treated for the poisoning and had pledged to return home despite the attempt to kill him and recent threats from Russian authorities to jail him.

The opponent has also been targeted since the end of December by a new fraud investigation, suspected of having spent 356 million rubles (3.9 million euros) in donations for his personal use.

More than 2,000 people have nevertheless announced on Facebook that they intend to come and greet the opponent, but the courts have warned against participating in any public event organized at Vnukovo Airport, which is unauthorized.

The airport told him it would not allow media to work in the terminal, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

If he is largely ignored by the national media, not represented in Parliament and ineligible, Alexeï Navalny remains the main voice of the opposition, in part thanks to his YouTube channel with 4.8 million subscribers and his organization, the fight against corruption (FBK), denouncing the corruption of the elites.

Despite searches, pressure and sentences to short detentions regularly targeting Mr. Navalny or his allies, he has managed to organize several well-attended protests in recent years, and to cause several embarrassing setbacks for power in local elections.

Its notoriety remains limited outside the big cities, however, a poll by the independent Levada center in September revealing that only 20% of Russians approved of its actions.

For the experts, the announced return of Alexei Navalny is a thorn in the side of the Kremlin : leaving him free would be a demonstration of weakness, imprisoning him would risk provoking a new scandal.

But the Kremlin is tired of this game and could choose the hard way, believes political scientist Tatiana Stanovaïa: The confrontation with Navalny has lasted too long.

Arrests in Russia: Le Drian denounces the Russian "authoritarian drift" .
RUSSIA-POLITICS-FRANCE: Arrests in Russia: Le Drian denounces the Russian "authoritarian drift" © Reuters / MAXIM SHEMETOV ARRESTS IN RUSSIA: DRIAN DECLARES THE RUSSIAN "AUTHORITY DRIFT" PARIS (Reuters) - Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Sunday denounced Russia's "authoritarian drift" in the management of the demonstrations which were held across the country to demand the release of the opponent Alexeï Navalny.

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