Russian activists defended Alexei Navalny after Putin said the opposition leader “sought to be detained”

File photo. Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny during a court hearing in Moscow, Russia (Photo: REUTERS / Maxim Shemetov)

Russian opposition activists reacted with indignation and defended Alexei Navalny after the statements that the president, Vladimir Putin, made on Wednesday, when he assured that the opponent he was “aware” that he was breaking the law and that he was “seeking arrest” when he left Russia.

“How? Did you deliberately travel abroad for treatment not to appear for appearances?“Navalny spokeswoman Kira Yarmish questioned through Twitter, in a message accompanied by a photo in which you can see the hospital bed in which the opponent, in a coma after a poisoning, was transferred to Berlin.

Another of the people closest to Navalny, Leonid Volkov, accused Putin of losing contact with reality, according to the German agency DPA.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (Photo: Reuters)
Russian President Vladimir Putin (Photo: Reuters)

Meanwhile, the opponent’s wife, Julia Navalnia also shared a photograph of her husband’s transfer in August and ironically kept the snapshot as a “reminder” of how Navalni “consciously” violated Russian laws.

During the press conference he gave on Wednesday after his meeting with the president of the United States, Joe Biden, Putin remarked that Navalny, who spent time in Germany recovering from a poisoning of which he has directly accused the president, “had the obligation to appear as a person with two conditional prison sentences.”

“Knowingly ignoring, I want to underline it, this legal requirement, that man went abroad for treatment and the authorities did not demand his appearance “he insisted.

Alexei Navalny, Lyubov Sobol and Ivan Zhdanov at a demonstration in Moscow (Photo: REUTERS / Shamil Zhumatov)
Alexei Navalny, Lyubov Sobol and Ivan Zhdanov at a demonstration in Moscow (Photo: REUTERS / Shamil Zhumatov)

Meanwhile, the persecutions in Russia do not stop. Authorities added a Navalny ally to the wanted list, whose organizations were also banned by the courts, which opened the way to proceedings against their collaborators.

Ivan Jdanov, 32, now appears on this list published on the website of the Ministry of the Interior. According to this source, the militant is “wanted for a criminal matter”, without further details.

This announcement comes after a Moscow court called Wednesday “extremists”To the three organizations of the movement of Naval, including the Anti-Corruption Fund (FBK), which must be liquidated.

A graffiti of Alexei Navalny by Swiss artists Julien Baro & Lud in Geneva (Photo: Reuters)
A graffiti of Alexei Navalny by Swiss artists Julien Baro & Lud in Geneva (Photo: Reuters)

Lawyer by training, Jdanov has led the FBK since 2018, author in recent years of widely consulted investigations into embezzlement and corruption of Russian elites.

Jdanov recently left Russia for Lithuania, in the face of the growing repression of the Navalny movement, who was sentenced to two and a half years in prison in mid-February in a case of fraud that the opposition leader considers political.

With information from EuropaPress and AFP

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