Russian police detain Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny on arrival at airport

By Polina Ivanova and Maria Vasilyeva MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian police detained Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny at passport control after he flew home to Russia on Sunday, his lawyer, the prison service and Reuters witnesses said. It was the first time Navalny has been back home since he was poisoned last summer. His plane was diverted to another Moscow airport at the last minute in an apparent effort by authorities to thwart journalists and supporters greeting him

Reuters January 18, 2021 00:12:33 IST
Russian police detain Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny on arrival at airport

Russian police detain Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny on arrival at airport

By Polina Ivanova and Maria Vasilyeva

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian police detained Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny at passport control after he flew home to Russia on Sunday, his lawyer, the prison service and Reuters witnesses said.

It was the first time Navalny has been back home since he was poisoned last summer. His plane was diverted to another Moscow airport at the last minute in an apparent effort by authorities to thwart journalists and supporters greeting him.

Navalny was detained when he showed his passport to border guards before formally entering Russia, Reuters witnesses said. His wife, Yulia, his spokeswoman and his lawyer were allowed to enter Russia.

It was not immediately clear why he had been detained.

But the Russian capital's prison service had said beforehand it would do everything to arrest him once he returned, accusing him of flouting the terms of a suspended prison sentence for embezzlement, a 2014 case he says was trumped up.

(Reporting by Polina Ivanova, Maria Tsvetkova, Andrew Osborn, Maria Vasilyeva, Anton Zverev, Gleb Stolyarov and Tom Balmforth; Writing by Andrew Osborn; Editing by Frances Kerry)

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