Russian judge orders that Alexei Navalny be jailed for thirty days pending trial.
Chief Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny detained on his return to Russia from Germany.
Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny is on his way back to Russia
Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny boarded a plane in Germany on Sunday to return to Russia, despite authorities’ threats to put him behind bars, after recovering in Germany.
Chief Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has been arrested at passport control at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport as per tweet of Moscow Times.
Five months after being poisoned in Siberia, and being evacuated to Germany, Alexei Navalny returned to Russia this evening – and was detained at the airport.
Russian prison authority confirm Navalny has been detained for violating the terms of his probation. He will remain in custody until the court hearing.
Navaly has been arrested at passport control. His lawyer was not allowed to join him.
Navalny briefly talks to journalists after getting into the airport terminal. He said that he is “absolutely happy” that he arrived, calling it the “best day in the last five months.”
The politician criticized the authorities for diverting the plane and “putting people in danger.” He apologized to the other passengers for all the commotion and said he is not afraid of arrest. Navalny is now going through passport control.
Navalny has left the plane and is now on the bus en route to the airport terminal.
The first passengers are starting to exit the plane.
The plane with Navalny on board has landed in Moscow at Sheremetyevo Airport.
Vnukovo Airport announced that the plane with Navalny aboard has been diverted to Sheremetyevo Airport. Pobeda Airlines told Dozdh TV that three of their flights were diverted due to “technical reasons.”
Navalny’s plane is currently circling near Moscow. Pobeda Airlines told Reuters that Vnukovo Airport is closed for all arriving planes. Baza, a telegram channel close to Russian law enforcement, says the flight is being redirected to Sheremetyevo Airport.
More arrests of Navalny supporters in and outside Vnukovo airport. Navalny is expected to land in the next 10-15 minutes.