- Title: Alexei Navalny: Putin's vocal opponent tipped for 2021 Nobel Peace Prize
- Date: 28th September 2021
- Summary: Navalny was met by a sea of reporters as he boarded plane in Berlin on January 17 to return to Russia. Speaking ahead of the flight he said he did not expect to get arrested. BERLIN, GERMANY (FILE - JANUARY 17, 2021) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** KREMLIN CRITIC, ALEXEI NAVALNY, ENTERING PLANE, HIS WIFE, YULIA NAVALNAYA, FOLLOWING HIM (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) KREMLIN CRITIC, ALEXEI NAVALNY, SAYING: "What a flight. I want to thank Germany, and I want to thank you all. I hope we will finish our flight safely. I am sure everything will be absolutely wonderful. Today I am very very happy today. And it will be cool if you allow me to take my seat. JOURNALIST ASKING OFF CAMERA: Are you concerned that you can be arrested on arrival? NAVALNY: I will get arrested on arrival? This is impossible. I am an innocent man." JOURNALISTS TAKING PHOTOS, FILMING NAVALNY Police detained Navalny upon his arrival at a Moscow airport on January 17 after he flew home to Russia from Germany. MOSCOW, RUSSIA (FILE - JANUARY 17, 2021) (VIDEO OBTAINED BY REUTERS) NAVALNY TALKING TO POLICE AT BORDER CONTROL / NAVALNY KISSING HIS WIFE YULIA, WALKING AWAY WITH POLICE A Russian judge remanded Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny in pre-trial detention for 30 days on January 18 for violating the terms of a suspended jail sentence. The ruling may be the prelude to him being jailed for years. KHIMKI, RUSSIA (FILE - JANUARY 18, 2021) (REUTERS) (NIGHT SHOTS) NAVALNY LEAVING DETENTION CENTRE WITH POLICE ESCORT / NAVALNY BEING ESCORTED INTO POLICE VAN Heeding Navalny's calls, supporters took to the streets to demand his release on January 23. Police detained over 1,000 people across Russia, including Navalny's wife, Yulia. MOSCOW, RUSSIA (FILE - JANUARY 23, 2021) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF POLICE WIELDING BATONS, SCUFFLING WITH PROTESTERS RALLYING IN SUPPORT OF NAVALNY PROTESTERS PASSING BARRIER OVERHEAD PROTESTERS CLAPPING AND CHANTING (Russian): "FREEDOM" POLICE PUSHING THROUGH CROWD OF PROTESTERS PROTESTER BEING ARRESTED
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- Keywords: 2021 Nobel Prize Russia Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny Vladimir Putin coma jail term poisoned protests
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Imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny is among the nominees for this year's Nobel Peace Prize.
Navalny, 45, a strong and vocal opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was nominated for his â€œefforts for a peaceful democratisation of Russiaâ€ by Norwegian former minister Ola Elvestuen.
He was poisoned in August 2020 by what Western nations said was a nerve agent and is serving a two-and-a-half-year sentence for parole violations he calls trumped up.
The EU has imposed sanctions on Russian officials over Navalny's poisoning and imprisonment.
Moscow denies any wrongdoing and accuses the EU of meddling in its domestic affairs.
Navalny is also nominated for the 2021 European Parliament's annual human rights prize.
This year's Nobel Prizes, awarded for achievements in medicine, physics, chemistry, literature, peace and economics, will be announced from October 4 to 11.
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