Journalists banned from filming Navalny’s arrival at Vnukovo

Vnukovo Airport, where opposition leader Alexei Navalny is due to fly from Berlin on January 17, refused the possibility of filming this event. The answer of the Vnukovo press service was published by the Sota Vision edition.

The airport explained the refusal by anti-coronavirus measures.

In order to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection, as well as to ensure the safety of the arrival of passengers and guests of Vnukovo International Airport, mass events, including the organization of media activities on the territory of the airport complex, are temporarily not held.

At the same time, the Vnukovo press service assured that the video of the passengers of the flight from Berlin “will be provided.”

Sota Vision announced that it intends to broadcast from Vnukovo “regardless of the readiness of its press service to cooperate with journalists.”

On January 13, Alexei Navalny announced that he would return to Russia from Germany, where he received treatment after being poisoned by Novichok. According to Navalny, he will arrive on January 17 on a Pobeda flight, which is to land at Vnukovo.

The Federal Penitentiary Service stated that it “will take all actions to arrest” Navalny until the court’s decision to replace his suspended sentence with a real one in  the Yves Rocher case . The agency asked the politician to set a real deadline on January 11, stating that he was not on probation and was evading inspection control.

On December 29, the Investigative  Committee opened a  criminal case on fraud against Navalny. The department said that the politician squandered part of the donations for FBK and other non-profit organizations. On the same day, Navalny was put on the wanted list. This became known only after the politician announced his return to Russia.

The head of Navalny’s regional headquarters network, Leonid Volkov, noted that FBK annually reports on donations. Navalny linked the initiation of a fraud case with an  investigation into the circumstances of his poisoning by Novichok. According to the Bellingcat project and the journalists who conducted the investigation, FSB officers were involved in the poisoning.

(C)MEDUZA 2021

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