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Kremlin Critic Alexei Navalny Says He’s “Innocent”, Flies Back To Russia

Alexei Navalny’s flight on finances airline Pobeda took off from Berlin airport at 1417 GMT.

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Russian opposition determine Alexei Navalny flew again to Moscow on Sunday after spending a number of months in Berlin recovering from a poisoning assault, risking arrest upon his return.

Navalny’s flight left Berlin’s BER airport at 1417 GMT, AFP journalists on board reported.

The airplane is because of arrive at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport round 7:30 pm (1630 GMT) and Navalny has inspired supporters to fulfill him when he lands.

Speaking to reporters who crowded round him contained in the plane, Navalny mentioned he didn’t worry arrest.

“They will arrest me? That’s impossible, I’m an innocent person,” he mentioned, carrying a face masks.

“I feel I am a citizen of Russia who has the full right to return to his home.”

He expressed a “big thank you” to Germany and mentioned he felt “very, very happy”.

Navalny’s spouse Yulia was seated beside him on the flight.

The 44-year-old Kremlin critic fell violently in poor health on a flight over Siberia in August and was flown out to Berlin by medical plane in an induced coma.

Western consultants concluded he was poisoned with a Soviet-designed nerve toxin, Novichok. Navalny has mentioned he believes the assault was ordered by President Vladimir Putin.

The Kremlin has denied involvement.

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Russia’s jail service FSIN has mentioned Navalny could face jail time when he arrives again in Moscow for violating the phrases of a 2014 suspended sentence he was handed on fraud expenses.

The anti-graft campaigner may additionally face legal expenses below a probe launched by Russian investigators late final yr who say he misappropriated over $Four million value of donations.

More than 2,000 individuals mentioned in a Facebook occasion that they’re planning to greet Navalny upon his return regardless of temperatures in Moscow hovering round -20 levels Celsius (-Four levels Fahrenheit).

Videos shared on social media confirmed riot police parked outdoors the airport.

Moscow prosecutors on Friday warned in opposition to taking part within the “public event” deliberate at Vnukovo airport, saying it has not been authorised.

The airport instructed journalists that it’s going to not permit media to work inside, citing coronavirus issues.

Several activists in Saint Petersburg, who had been travelling to greet Navalny, mentioned police prevented them from persevering with their journey.

Groups against Navalny are additionally planning to point out up on the airport.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is printed from a syndicated feed.)

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