After returning from Germany, where he had spent five months receiving treatment for poisoning with a Soviet-era chemical weapon, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was arrested by Russian authorities when his flight was diverted to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport on January 17.
Navalny was arrested on charges of violating terms of his parole after being flown to Berlin in August in a coma induced by exposure to what German authorities have determined to be the nerve agent Novichok.
A Russian magistrate has ordered the 30 day detention of Navalny, who has called for public demonstrations to protest his arrest. Russian authorities are bracing for protests in cities across Russia on Saturday. In Moscow, authorities have banned the protest, and clashes between protestors and police are expected.
Shortly after his arrival and detention in Moscow, Russian authorities also arrested dozens of Navalny’s closest supporters.
Navalny has become a target of the Putin regime for drawing unwanted attention to the widespread corruption in the Russian government.