Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny speaks during an interview in Berlin, Germany in this video still image released October 6, 2020.
Flashback: In August, Navalny collapsed on a flight to Moscow from the Siberian city of Tomsk, and was taken to a local hospital before being allowed to travel on to Germany for treatment.
A group of journalists and supporters who had arrived at the airport before OMON riot police began expelling people crammed into a small pen in the arrivals terminal, surrounded by metal barriers and police officers, only to learn that the plane had been redirected on approach to Sheremetyevo Airport, around 50 kilometers away, for technical reasons.
"I came to meet Navalny because he is able to speak in a way that inspires people", Solena told The Moscow Times. The prison service has asked a Moscow court to turn Navalny's 3 1/2-year suspended sentence into a real one.
Pompeo added on Twitter: 'Deeply troubled by Russia's decision to arrest Aleksey Navalny.
The Kremlin, which only refers to him as the "Berlin patient", laughs that off. Putin allies point to opinion polls that show the Russian leader is far more popular than Navalny, whom they call a blogger rather than a politician.
Police officers detain a man at Moscow's Vnukovo airport.
Navalny's plane landed at Sheremetyevo after a dramatic last-minute diversion from another Moscow airport, Vnukovo, where several hundred of his supporters and media were waiting for his return.
OVD Info, which monitors detentions at political protests in Russian Federation, said at least 55 people had been detained at the airport, which had banned mass events because of coronavirus restrictions.
Those steps, in addition to the last-minute change in the arrival airport, undercut the Kremlin narrative that Navalny is a figure of little concern.
Security measures at the airport were heightened on Sunday, with several prisoner-transport trucks parked outside.
Supporters had gathered at Vnukovo despite the airport banning mass events because of coronavirus restrictions.
Moscow's prison service said it had orders to arrest Navalny because he violated conditions after an embezzlement conviction.
The Kremlin had ordered Navalny to return saying his continued stay in Germany, where were was flown in a coma in August, breached a suspended jail sentence against him.
Navalny and his wife Yulia flew into Russian Federation yesterday from Berlin for the first time since he was left fighting for life having been poisoned with the chemical weapon Noivchok five months ago.
After boarding the Moscow flight in Berlin on Sunday, Mr Navalny said about the prospect of arrest: "It's impossible; I'm an innocent man".
Russian authorities insisted that the doctors who treated Navalny in Siberia before he was airlifted to Germany found no traces of poison and have challenged German officials to provide proof of his poisoning.
They refused to open a fully-fledged criminal inquiry, citing a lack of evidence that Mr Navalny was poisoned.