Russian authorities ask judge for order to arrest Alexei Navalny | NOW



Russian authorities have asked the court to order the arrest of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, one of the most outspoken critics of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Navalny did not respond to the request from the Russian authorities to report to Moscow before a deadline – which has now passed. Navalny was charged with ignoring the terms of a suspended sentence imposed on him in 2014.

He would also avoid surveillance by the Russian authorities. According to Navalny, the original conviction is politically motivated.

In the court database on Tuesday it can be read that the Russian authorities had requested that the suspended sentence be canceled, allowing for detention.

Opposition leader was poisoned last year

Navalny became seriously ill on board a Russian domestic flight at the end of August 2020. It was later determined that he had been poisoned with the nerve poison novichok. The opposition leader survived the attack and was taken to a hospital in Berlin to recover. As far as is known, he is still in Germany to work on his recovery.

According to the research collective Bellingcat Russian intelligence and security service FSB is behind the attempt on Navalny’s life. Moscow denies that.

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