Moscow – Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny, who wasAfter recovering from nerve-agent poisoning in Moscow, he was placed in front of a judge in a police station instead of a normal court on Monday morning, with his lawyers not having time to prepare for the hearing. The judge accepted the request by the Russian police to send Navalny into custody for 30 days.
Navalny called the proceedings a mockery of justice, criticized President Vladimir Putin’s 20-year rule, and called on his supporters in Russia to take to the streets in protest.
“Don’t be afraid,” he said in a video posted to his official YouTube channels. “Don’t shut up. Resist. Go to the streets. Nobody but ourselves will protect us, and there are so many of us that if we want to achieve something, we will achieve it.”
The video message was recorded in the same room of a police station on the outskirts of Moscow where there was already an informal hearing. Navalni’s lawyers were not allowed to see the politician before the hearing, and they learned that it was going to be minutes before it began.
The judge gave Navalny’s defense team 30 minutes to familiarize themselves with the content of the case and another 20 minutes to communicate with their client.
“I have made a lot of mockery of justice … but it is impossible what is happening now,” Navalny posted on Twitter before a surprise hearing to his press secretary in a separate cell phone video. “This is the highest degree of wrongdoing.”
When the hearing resumed, Russian police formally asked Navalny for 30 days to arrest the court, and the judge approved the request. Navalny’s legal team confirmed that Navalny had a hearing scheduled for 2 February to face charges on which he was officially detained – for violating the parole conditions of the previous suspended sentence.
Navalny’s detention removed immediatelyAnd American officials and the United Nations.
In a statement issued on Sunday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for the “immediate and unconditional release” of Russian dissidents, and called for their detention, “the latest in a series of attempts to silence Navalny and other opposition figures.”
US President-Elect Joe Biden’s National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan, also called for Navalny’s immediate release.
Sullivan said, “The perpetrators of the abusive attack on their lives should be held accountable.” “The Kremlin’s attack on Mr. Navalny is not only a violation of human rights, but a confrontation of the Russian people who want to make their voices heard.”
In London, Foreign Secretary Dominic Rabb said that Russia should explain how the Navy was attacked during a flight with a chemical weapon within Russia.
“It is appalling that Alexei Navalny, a victim of a hate crime, has been detained by Russian authorities. He should be released immediately,” Rab said. “Instead of persecuting Mr. Navalny, Russia should explain how chemical weapons were used on Russian soil.”
Russian authorities have defended his arrest, and on Monday Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov took a thin veil-like spot in Washington to criticize his country for dealing with matters of justice amid a “crisis” in Western democracy .
In response to criticism from Washington and Europe, Lavrov told reporters, “This allows Western politicians to think that doing so will distract them from the deepening crisis of development.”
Navalny announced his plans to return home from Berlin last week, despite a new criminal case opened against him on recent fraud charges. A few days ago, the Prison Authority of Russia also petitioned a court to replace Navalny’s three-and-a-half-year suspended sentence with a new prison term.
He would have known the risks, but on the plane, he said it was “the best day in five months” as he was heading home.
Navalny’s supporters in the Russian protest dismissed all legal threats against him as political persecution.
Furious critics of the Kremlin became violently ill five months ago on a domestic flight. After several days of treatment in Siberia, he eventually airlifted into a coma in Berlin, where toxicology reports confirmed that he was poisoned similar to the Novichok nerve agent used in the 2018 attack on a former Russian double agent in England. was given.
In oneCorrespondent Leslie Staal, Navalny, accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of poisoning himself.
“I don’t think so,” he said. “I’m sure he’s responsible.”
The Kremlin has denied any involvement.
Navani was traveling with his wife and a team of colleagues on Sunday, when he returned to Moscow. The others were allowed to pass freely through border control, where Navalny was taken away in custody after giving his wife a kiss goodbye.
CBS News’ Charlie D’Agata and Tucker Reales contributed to this report.