A court in the town of Khimki (Moscow Region) arrested Alexei Navalny, who was put on the wanted list at the end of December and detained at Sheremetyevo airport on January 17, for 30 days. This was reported by TASS, citing the lawyer Vadim Kobzev.
“The Khimki court decided that Navalny will be in custody until February 15,” the lawyer said. Earlier, the Interior Ministry explained the off-site format of Navalny’s trial. The agency noted that such a format was chosen because of quarantine restrictions.
The detention of the opposition activist at the airport of Sheremetyevo became known on Sunday, January 17. This happened on the basis of the decision of the head of the Federal Penitentiary Service in Moscow, according to which Navalny was wanted for systematic violations of the conditions of probation.
Navalny in 2014 was sentenced to 3 years 6 months in prison with a fine of 500 thousand rubles for committing fraud and money laundering. The court decided to consider the appointed punishment as suspended with a probation period of 5 years. Later, the court extended the probation period for a year. However, during 2020, Navalny repeatedly violated the conditions of his probation, under which he was obliged to appear for registration at the penal inspection of the Federal Penitentiary Service twice a month on certain days.
Navalny’s summons to the Penal Inspection was suspended while he was undergoing medical treatment in Germany. However, in October 2020, it became known from official publications that the patient had been discharged on September 23. Later, he himself confirmed this information in a notice sent to the Federal Penitentiary Service but did not provide objective reasons for his failure to appear at the inspection. In late December, the Federal Penitentiary Service put Navalny on the wanted list for evading the control of the penal and correctional inspectorate.
Navalny was transferred to Berlin on August 22, 2020. Two days earlier, during a flight from Tomsk to Moscow, he had felt unwell and the plane was grounded in Omsk. The patient, who had fallen into a coma, was then sent to the German Charite clinic, where local doctors declared that a Novichok substance had been detected in Navalny’s body. At the same time, Russian doctors, who also conducted tests, said that they did not find any poisons.