Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in a Pobeda airlines plane travelling from Berlin to Moscow.

Moscow:

Russian police detained Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny at a Moscow airport shortly after he landed on a flight from Berlin, an AFP journalist at the scene said.

Navalny’s spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh confirmed he had been detained, saying on Twitter: “Alexei was taken away by police officers at the border. With no explanation given.”

Russia’s prison service has also confirmed that it had detained Navalny at a Moscow airport shortly after he landed on a flight from Berlin.

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The prison service, the FSIN, said in a statement that it had detained Navalny for “multiple violations” of a 2014 suspended sentence for fraud charges, adding that “he will be held in custody” until a court ruling.

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