Russia’s opposition leader Navalny sent to 30-day custody: Spokesperson

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| Updated: 18 Jan 2021, 10:18:00 PM

Moscow, January 18 (Language) Russia’s court has sent opposition leader Alexey Navalny into custody for 30 days. This information was given by Navalni spokeswoman Kiara Yarmish via Twitter. The judge gave this decision after an hour-long hearing in a court set up in the police premises. The opposition leader was kept at the Moscow airport on Sunday after being arrested on the premises. It is noteworthy that Navalny was given a ‘Nerve Agent’ (poison) in August, due to which he fell seriously ill and was treated in Germany.

Moscow, January 18 (Language) Russia’s court has sent opposition leader Alexey Navalny into custody for 30 days. This information was given by Navalni spokeswoman Kiara Yarmish via Twitter. The judge gave this decision after an hour-long hearing in a court set up in the police premises. The opposition leader was kept at the Moscow airport on Sunday after being arrested on the premises. It is noteworthy that Navalny was given a ‘Nerve Agent’ (poison) in August, due to which he fell seriously ill and was treated in Germany. He was detained and his passport confiscated when he returned from Berlin to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport on Sunday evening, about five months later. Navalny blamed the Kremlin (the office of the President of Russia) for the poisoning incident. Navalny’s arrest has been criticized by US and EU leaders. This has further increased the already ongoing tension with Russia and Western countries. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas underlined that Navalny had returned home of his own accord. He said, “It is completely inconceivable that the Russian authorities immediately detained him as soon as he returned.” Mas said, “Russia by its own constitution and the principle of securing the rule and civil rights of the law It is bound by international commitment. “He said,” This principle also applies in the case of Alexey Navalny. He should be released immediately. “Navalny’s aide said on Monday that he was kept in a police complex outside Moscow after his arrest and was not being allowed to meet the lawyer. A hurried court was set up in the police premises to hear whether the Navalni should be kept in custody and the opposition leader’s lawyers said they were informed just minutes before. In the recorded video in the makeshift courtroom, Navalani said, “What is happening here is beyond comprehension.” He shared the video on his messaging app Telegram. “Anarchy is at its peak here,” he said. European Commission chairperson Ursla von der Leyen, United Nations Human Rights Commissioner’s Office, British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab and other top EU officials demanded immediate release of Navalny is. Jack Sullivian, the nominee for Joe Biden’s next national security adviser elected as the next president of the US, also demanded Russian authorities to release Navalny. He tweeted, “Honorable Navalny should be released immediately and the accountability of those who attacked his life should be determined.” US outgoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, “US decision to arrest Navalny Strong condemnation. “The judge has ordered Navalny to be remanded by February 15,” Yarmish said on Twitter. Navalni’s lawyer Vadim Kobjev told Interfax News Agency that there were plans to appeal against the prosecution’s decision. It is noteworthy that Navalny’s arrest was foreseen because Russia’s prison department said Navalny, who was convicted in 2014 in a fraud case, violated parole rules of deferred punishment. The prison department said that it would demand that Navalni be sent to imprisonment to serve the remaining sentence of three and a half years.
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