Alexei Navalny, Russia’s opposition chief and a distinguished critic of the Kremlin, has been

detained at a Moscow airport moments after he landed from Germany.

Mr Navalny, 44, was returning to Russia 5 months after he was practically killed by a nerve agent assault, which he says President Vladimir Putin ordered. The Kremlin denies the allegation.

Video exhibits Mr Navalny saying goodbye to his spouse Yulia, whereas his attorneys asks why they aren’t permitting her to hitch him. Mr Navalny is then taken away alone at Sheremetyevo airport.

In a press release Russia’s penitentiary service stated Mr Navalny “had been wished since 29 December 2020 for repeated violations of the probation interval”.