BY- KIRAN SONA PUTHAN
On Thursday, Moscow’s prison service said that it would take all the necessary measures to arrest Alexei Navalny, Kremlin critic after he returns to Russia this weekend. This move could be a lead up to him being jailed for three and a half years.
Mr. Alexei Navalny is one of President Vladimir Putin’s profound opponents. On Sunday, Alexei Navalny said that he will return to Russia. In August, he was taken to Germany for treatment after his poisoning with a Novichok nerve agent, he is flying back to Russia for the first time, after that.
The Kremlin denied its involvement in his poisoning. The Kremlin says that regarding Alexei Navalny’s poisoning there is no evidence and that he is free to return to Russia at any time.
However, Alexei Navalny faces an escalating list of legal threats at Russia, which include separate criminal cases for alleged fraud and slander, both of which he claimed to be politically motivated and false.
Alexei Navalny’s most immediate threat is the Moscow prison service.
In a statement, the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN), the prison service, said that Alexei Navalny, 44, was on the national wanted list because he had repeatedly failed to report to the FSIN at least twice a month last year, under the conditions of a suspended sentence on embezzlement charges.
The statement also said that it has applied to convert Alexei Navalny’s suspended sentence of three and a half years into real jail time.
“Taking into account the facts of malicious violations, guided by the principle of inevitability of responsibility and the demands of the law that all citizens of the Russian Federation are equal before without exception, (FSIN) is obliged to take all actions to arrest the violator,” it said.
It also said that guided by the principle of inevitability of responsibility and the demands of the law that all citizens of the Russian Federation are equal before without exception, bearing in mind the facts of malicious violations, the FSIN is obliged to take all actions to arrest the violator.
The original embezzlement conviction from 2014, in which Alexei Navalny and his brother were found guilty of stealing more than 30 million roubles ($408,000) from two companies was made up, Alexei Navalny said.
Mr Alexei Navalny said he was unable to report in at the end of last year as he was being treated as an outpatient in Germany after being poisoned. However, the prison service said that he in September discharged from the hospital and should have thus, returned to Moscow.