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Since the summer Navalny had recovered from an attack with the neurotoxin Novitschok in Germany. Photo: Navalny instagram account / AP / dpa (- / dpa)

Hours before the departure of the Kremlin opponent Alexei Navalny from Berlin, the Russian authorities tightened the security presence at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport.

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 The  44-year-old is said to end up there after five months of treatment in Germany for an assassination attempt with the neurotoxin Novitschok. © www.de24.news

 The  plane of the Russian airline Pobeda is scheduled to arrive at 5:20 p.m. CET (7:20 p.m. local time). Numerous supporters of the opposition leader reported “preventive arrests”. On social networks it was possible to see how forces of the anti-terror police Omon took position with prisoner transports at the airport the evening before.

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 The  authorities had previously warned against unauthorized demonstrations and threatened consequences. © www.de24.news

 The  most prominent critic of Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin had called on his supporters to meet him in Moscow. He is also threatened with arrest for allegedly violating probation conditions in previous criminal proceedings.

In St. Petersburg, the head of Navalny’s staff there, Irina Fatyanova, reported that she and two other activists had been taken from a train to Moscow and had been detained by the police for three hours without giving any reason. Other activists said they were detained in St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo Airport or stopped in vehicles on the street.

Many journalists complained that the airport management in Vnukowo banned access to the airport because of the corona pandemic and did not issue a work permit. © www.de24.news

 The  Kremlin-critical Internet channel Doschd reported that there were widespread closures. According to the broadcaster, Navalny is accompanied by reporters and activists on the plane.

Navalny supporter Maxim Predetschensky told Doschd that he bought a ticket because he supported Navalny in his fight for freedom in Russia. © www.de24.news

 The  flight could be a “historic event”. He admired Navalny’s courage. “He works to ensure that the Russians’ right to freedom of expression is protected.”

On August 20, an attack on Navalny in the Siberian city of Tomsk was carried out using the agent Novichok. © www.de24.news

 The  Kremlin opponent blames Putin and the domestic secret service FSB for the murder. © www.de24.news

 The  Kremlin chief rejects the allegations.

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