World Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny says he will return to Russia on Sunday

11:02  13 january  2021
11:02  13 january  2021 Source:   reuters.com

Russia warns 'obliged' to detain Kremlin critic Navalny on return

  Russia warns 'obliged' to detain Kremlin critic Navalny on return Russia's prison service said on Thursday it was "obliged" to detain Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny who has said he plans to return to Moscow from Germany on Sunday. On Thursday, the Moscow branch of Russia's Federal Prison Service (FSIN) said in a statement it was "obliged to take all actions to detain" Navalny pending a court decision to turn a suspended sentence he received in 2014 into a jail term.  Earlier this week, authorities asked a Moscow court to turn Navalny's suspended sentence on fraud charges into real jail time for violating the terms of his sentence.

Russia 's federal prison service has given Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny an ultimatum that he either report to its office by Tuesday morning or face jail if he comes back to Russia after the deadline. The Russian opposition leader has been recuperating in Germany after his August poisoning with a

The poisoned Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny is to return to Russia , his spokeswoman has said . The Kremlin is sticking firm to its line that it has nothing to do with Mr Navalny 's poisoning and He said there had been no trace of poison in Mr Navalny 's body when the politician left Russia .

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said on Wednesday he would fly back to Russia on Jan. 17 from Germany where he has been convalescing after being poisoned.

Alexei Navalny standing in front of a crowd: FILE PHOTO: Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny takes part in a rally in Moscow © Reuters/SHAMIL ZHUMATOV FILE PHOTO: Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny takes part in a rally in Moscow

Navalny, one of President Vladimir Putin's leading critics, was airlifted to Germany for treatment in August after collapsing on a plane in what Germany and other Western nations say was an attempt to murder him with a Novichok nerve agent.

Russian authorities deny any involvement in the incident.

Navalny wrote on Instagram that he had probably almost fully recovered his health now and said it was time to return to Russia despite various legal threats hanging over him.

(Reporting by Anton Kolodyazhnyy; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Andrew Osborn)

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