Russia’s prison service said on Thursday that top Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny faces immediate arrest as soon as he returns from Germany.
Navalny, who was serving a sentence on August 1 in Germany for poisoning a nerve agent, accused the Kremlin that he would return home on Sunday. He accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of trying to prevent him from coming home now with the threat of arrest. The Kremlin has reprized a role in the toxicity of the opposition leader.
In late December, the Federal Penitentiary Service or FSIN warned Navalny if he faced time in prison if he suspended a suspended 2014 sentence for the charges immediately and failed to report to his office according to probation. He described the issue of embezzlement and money laundering as politically motivated. The European Court for Human Rights ruled that his sentence was illegal.
FSIN said in a statement on Thursday that it had issued an arrest warrant for Navalny in late December, following his failure to report to his office. The Prison Service, which has asked the Moscow court to convert Navalny’s 3 1/2-year suspended sentence into genuine, said it would “take all necessary actions to take Navalny into custody pending the court’s decision” Is bound to. “
In a parallel move just before the new year, Russia’s main investigative agency also raised a new criminal against Navalny on a massive fraud charge involving the alleged fraud of $ 5 million in private donations to its Anti-Corruption Foundation and other organizations. Case opened. Navalny has also dismissed the allegations, which have been severely fabricated.
Navalny, the most visible Putin critic who received several prison sentences over the years, fell into a coma on 20 August during a domestic flight from Siberia to Moscow. On 20 September, he was transferred from a hospital in Siberia to a hospital in Berlin. Days later.
Lab in Germany, France and Sweden, and tests by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, established that he was exposed to a Soviet-era Novichok nerve agent.
Russian officials insisted that doctors who treated Navalny in Siberia before the airlift in Germany found no trace of poison and challenged the German authorities to give evidence of her poison. He refused to open a full criminal investigation, citing lack of evidence of poisoning Navalny.
Last month, Navalny released a recording of a phone call in which he said he described a man as an alleged member of the Federal Security Service or FSB officials who allegedly poisoned him in August and then Tried to cover him U.P.
The FSB dismissed the recording as fake.