LIVE FROM MOSCOW: Protesters Gather Outside Police Station Holding Alexey Navalny as He’s Jailed for 30 Days

POLITICALITE is live outside Moscow’s Khimki Police Station, as Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny was jailed for 30 days on Monday, January 18th.

On Sunday, January 17th, Navalny returned to Russia after his almost five-months stay in Germany where he was recovering after his alleged poisoning with Novichok nerve agent in August. He was detained at Sheremetyevo airport and taken to Khimki police station.

Navalny fell ill while aboard a domestic flight from Siberia to Moscow on August 20. He fell into a coma and was transported from a hospital in Omsk to Berlin’s Charite hospital two days later.

In the end of December, Russia’s Federal Penitentiary Service demanded that Navalny visits its office in accordance with the terms of a suspended sentence he received for a 2014 embezzlement case. The agency warned that he faced real jail term, if he failed to appear by December 29, deadline which he eventually missed.

On January 12, Federal Penitentiary Service formally requested for Navalny to be jailed for breaching the terms of a suspended prison sentence.

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