Blogger Alexei Navalny, who flew from Berlin to Moscow, was detained at Sheremetyevo airport. The Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) confirmed the detention of the blogger.
The FSIN noted that Navalny was wanted for numerous violations of his probation in the Yves Rocher case. Earlier this year, the Federal Penitentiary Service filed a petition with Moscow’s Simonovsky Court to replace Navalnyi’s suspended sentence in this case with a real one.
Navalny was given a 3.5-year suspended prison sentence in 2014 for his manipulation of Yves Rocher funds. His younger brother Oleg found guilty in the same case, received a 3.5-year real sentence. In 2017, Alexei Navalny’s probation was extended. Since that time, the blogger violated the probation regime, avoiding the mandatory appearance of a probationer at the district inspectorate of the Federal Penitentiary Service.
Navalny’s supporters had been waiting since Sunday morning, January 17, for the plane of the “Pobeda” company with Navalny on board to arrive at Vnukovo. The airliner carrying the blogger, his lawyer, his press secretary Kira Yarmysh and other supporters was diverted to Sheremetyevo for technical reasons (as were three other flights). While the Berlin airliner was en route, an unsanctioned rally of Navalny supporters gathered in the arrivals hall of Vnukovo airport. The police detained the organizers of the rally at Vnukovo: Navalny’s lawyer Lyubov Sobol, Ruslan Shaveddinov, the manager of the Anti-Corruption Foundation founded by Navalny, and a pro-Ukrainian activist of Navalny’s Moscow-based Konstantin Kotov.