US News Arrest on return to Russia: USA, EU and Germany demand immediate release of Kremlin critic Navalny

10:20  18 january  2021
10:20  18 january  2021 Source:   tagesspiegel.de

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 .

Alexei Navalny returned to Moscow from Germany months after a nerve agent attack nearly killed him. Reacting to his arrest , the US and EU led calls for Mr Navalny - an arch critic of President Putin - to be freed, but stopped He called for Mr Navalny 's " immediate and unconditional release ".

The United States and numerous European countries are urging for the " immediate release " of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny , who was taken into Alexei Navalny arrested upon return to Russia . European Union condemns arrest . Earlier on Sunday, European Council President Charles Michel

The arrest of Putin's opponent Navalny is met with heavy criticism. However, the German Vice Chancellor considers the possibilities for assistance to be limited.

Nawalny müsste vom Staat beschützt und nicht verhaftet werden, sagte Deutschlands Finanzminister Olaf Scholz nach der Festsetzung des Kremlkritikers in Moskau. © Photo: dpa / Mstyslav Chernov Navalny should be protected by the state and not arrested, said Germany's Finance Minister Olaf Scholz after the Kremlin critic was determined in Moscow.

The arrest of the Kremlin critic Alexej Navalny shortly after his arrival in Moscow has been sharply criticized internationally. "The United States strongly condemns Russia's decision to arrest Alexei Navalny," said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday. Navalny's arrest is the latest attempt by Russia to "silence opposition and independent voices critical of the Russian authorities".

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.

Russian police detained opposition leader Alexey Navalny , an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin, as he arrived in Moscow after being treated in Germany for poisoning, an arrest that’s set to pose an early test for Joe Biden’s incoming administration. Navalny , 44, was met by officers at

Putin critic Alexei Navalny has been detained after flying back to Moscow from Germany , five months after he "The Kremlin 's attacks on Mr Navalny are not just a violation of human rights, but an affront to the Russian people who want Top Stories. EU and US demand release of poisoned Putin critic .

"Self-confident political leaders do not fear competing statements, nor do they use violence against political opponents or wrongfully detain them," said Pompeo, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin. He called for Nawalny's "immediate and unconditional release".

Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) demanded the immediate release of Nawalny. “After his recovery, Alexei Navalny made a conscious decision to return to Russia because he sees his personal and political home there. That he was arrested by the Russian authorities immediately upon arrival is completely incomprehensible, ”said Maas on Monday morning.

The European Union had previously criticized Navalny's arrest. It was "unacceptable" that Navalny was taken into custody immediately after his return to Russia, wrote EU Council President Charles Michel on Twitter on Sunday. He also called for the "immediate release" of the opposition politician.

The opponent Alexei Navalny returns to Russia despite threats

 The opponent Alexei Navalny returns to Russia despite threats © @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.

The German government was criticised by Russia after it said there was "unequivocal" evidence that On Monday, Navalny demanded that Russian authorities return the clothes he was wearing at the time Navalny 's team has said he eventually plans to return to Russia , but had no immediate

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny returned to Russia on Sunday five months after his poisoning Navalny announced Wednesday that he would return , despite Russian authorities' threats to put On Thursday, Russia 's prison service said that he faced immediate arrest upon his return .

The EU foreign affairs representative Josep Borrell joined the demand. He called on the Russian authorities to "respect Navalny's rights". A "politicization" of the judiciary is unacceptable, wrote Borrell on Twitter.

Scholz considers the possibilities of assistance to be limited.

Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) has described the arrest of Nawalny as “unlawful”. “This man was wronged. There has been an assassination attempt on him and he should be protected by the state and not arrested, "said the finance minister on Sunday evening in the" Bild "talk" The right questions ". He is entitled to “move as a free man in Russia and apply for political mandates”. That should not lead to “the state authority doing everything against him”.

Scholz expressed his great personal respect for the critic of the regime: "Mr. Navalny is really a courageous man." He had "put himself under the control of the Russian state, knowing his risk". Scholz admitted that the concrete possibilities of helping Navalny were limited: “We offered him protection in Germany. That was our option. And we made sure that he recovered from this terrible and life-threatening attack. And now it will be important that we persist in our position and make it clear that we see it that way. "

Alexeï Navalny wants to return to Russia, Moscow threatens to have him arrested

 Alexeï Navalny wants to return to Russia, Moscow threatens to have him arrested © Reuters Treated in Germany after his poisoning in Novichok in August, activist Alexeï Navalny is due to return to Russia on Sunday. Russian prison services threaten to arrest him. Some see it as bravery, others as unconsciousness. It probably took a bit of both to decide Alexeï Navalny to return to Russia on Sunday.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was arrested Sunday at a Moscow airport as he tried to enter the country from Germany , where he had spent five months recovering from nerve agent poisoning that he blames on the Kremlin . Navalny 's detention at passport control in Moscow’s

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Navalny had flown from Berlin to Moscow on Sunday . Shortly after his arrival, he was arrested at Sheremetyevo airport that evening. The Russian penal authority FSIN accuses Navalny of repeatedly violating the requirements of a five-year suspended sentence. The government opponent should therefore remain in prison until a decision is made by a court.

Navalny was the victim of a poison attack in Siberia in August. He was flown to Germany and treated at the Berlin Charité. Navalny accuses the Russian secret service of being behind his poisoning. The Russian government denies any involvement in the attack. (AFP, dpa)

What Biden and Putin said to each other during their first telephone exchange .
© Copyright 2021, L'Obs This is the first time since that they have discussed the arrival of the Democrat in the White House : the new US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart phoned each other on Tuesday, January 26, the opportunity for the two heads of state to discuss several issues that fuel tensions between the two rival countries. Among the topics discussed, the bilateral disarmament treaty New Start , which expires in early February, said White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

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