The opposition politician has been wanted in Russia since the end of 2020.
Alexei Navalny could be arrested on Sunday evening on his planned return to Russia. Navalny’s lawyer Vadim Kobsew confirmed on Thursday that his client has been on the wanted list of the Russian police since the end of 2020. “I can’t say we are expecting it (an arrest, note), but it is possible that he will be taken into custody at the airport,” he said.
A recent statement by the law enforcement agency suggests that Nawalny will be arrested on the spot.
The message confirms the manhunt for Navalny and confirms that measures will be taken to arrest him as soon as his whereabouts are known.
The lawyer further confirmed that Navalny only found out about the manhunt on Wednesday – shortly after he announced that he wanted to travel to his home country. Kobesev said he did not know whether Navalny wanted to change his plans. At the end of January, a Moscow court is also due to decide whether Nawalny’s previous suspended sentence will be converted into an actual prison sentence, as requested by the prison authorities. Navalny could face three and a half years in prison.
No review of the FSB
The Russian authorities have recently increased the pressure on Navalny. Navalny has been in Germany since the poison attack last August, where he was initially treated at the Berlin Charité.
Meanwhile, the Russian Investigation Committee said it would not investigate the FSB, the domestic secret service, into its alleged involvement in the poison attack. An employee of Nawalny had officially asked the investigative authorities to do so. According to research by the investigative platform Bellingcat and several media outlets, some FSB agents are likely to have planned the attack.
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