BERLIN, Jan. 18 (Reuters) – The chief of the activist group that introduced Alexei Navalny to Germany for life-saving remedy after his poisoning has mentioned it was a “crime” that Russia arrested the Kremlin critic in his return to Russia.
Navalny was arrested at Moscow airport on Sunday night after returning house for the primary time since being poisoned in Russia with a military-grade nerve toxin final summer season.
Jaka Bizilj, head of the Berlin charity Cinema for Peace which organized for his switch from the Russian metropolis of Omsk to the German capital for remedy there, mentioned the choice to arrest Navalny, an open opponent of President Vladimir Putin was a political act.
“It was actually solely luck that he survived,” Bizilj advised Reuters on Monday. “Getting arrested once more on arrival and despatched to jail is the worst Russia can do within the eyes of the world.
“He’s nonetheless not totally recovered. And placing him in jail on this state is a further crime,” he added.
Navalny’s detention was ordered by the Moscow Jail Service in reference to alleged violations of a suspended jail sentence in an embezzlement case he mentioned was trumped up.
Bizilj mentioned democracies and Western international locations have a duty to make sure that Russia pays a value for his remedy of Navalny.
“There needs to be some type of sanction,” he mentioned, including that Germany ought to scale back its dependence on Russian fuel, together with canceling the Nord Stream 2 fuel pipeline being constructed between Russia and Germany. beneath the Baltic Sea.
“So for those who kill individuals, for those who do not permit democratic elections, then I feel there must be a response and it has to value you cash,” he mentioned. (Reporting by Thomas Escritt; enhancing by Giles Elgood)