Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, confirmed that opposition Russian blogger Alexei Navalny, residing in Germany, has the right to return to Russia without any restrictions.
Peskov said: “It is the right of any Russian citizen to return to his homeland, and of course no person can face any restrictions in that.”
The spokesman commented on the request of the Russian Federal Authority for the Implementation of Penalties, directed to Navalny, that he should be present in its monitoring department, on December 28, as part of the monitoring of sentences issued against him against suspended imprisonment. Peskov doubted in this regard that the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, was aware of the matter, saying: “If you think that he knew yesterday about the commission’s request (regarding Navalny’s presence), I do not rule out that you are mistaken.” In response to a question whether the Sanctions Enforcement Authority had directed its claim to Navalny without the knowledge of the head of state, Peskov said that the authority was “performing its functions.”
Earlier, the Federal Authority for the Implementation of Penalties reported that Navalny, who was previously issued with a suspended prison sentence in a criminal case, was evading supervision by the Punishment Execution Supervision Department, and therefore the sentence against him could be replaced by another ruling. The authority indicated that its decision stems from the fact that Navalny left the Charité hospital in Berlin on September 20 and finally recovered from complications from his illness on October 12th. On December 28, the commission sent Navalny a communication requesting him to attend the Monitoring Department, with two copies of the report being sent to his lawyer and the director of his media office.
The Russian blogger Alexei Navalny, founder of the Anti-Corruption Fund, was transferred to the Charité Hospital in the German capital, on August 22, days after he was seriously ill while on a domestic flight.
In Charité, Navalny was diagnosed with a cholinesterase inhibitor. Then the German government announced that an informant of the National Armed Forces revealed the effects of Navalny’s infection with a toxic substance “Novichok” (banned as a chemical weapon). The government indicated that the findings of the German informant were confirmed by Swedish and French experts.
For its part, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons announced that the substances discovered in Navalny’s body were similar to “Novichok” materials, even though they were not on the list of banned substances.
Moscow has repeatedly denied the Russian state’s involvement in the assassination attempt on Navalny, accusing the German authorities of refusing to respond to their requests to provide evidence that supports the hypothesis that he was poisoned with a “Novichok” substance.
In early September, Navalny’s condition improved and he left the Charité to stay in Germany, where he is undergoing rehabilitation. Nevertheless, Navalny has more than once confirmed his intention to return to Russia.
Source: TASS + Novosti