The United States and several European governments have demanded the release of opposition politician Alexei Navalny from Russian detention

The United States and several European governments have demanded the release of opposition politician Alexei Navalny from Russian detention.

The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said the Russian authorities were trying to silence their critics and called for immediate and unconditional release.

Mr Navalny, 44, was detained by police soon after his flight from Germany landed in Moscow on Sunday.

The activist was returning to the country five months after he was almost killed in a nerve-agent attack he blamed on Russian authorities.

President Vladimir Putin’s government denies poisoning Mr Navalny.

The opposition politician’s allegations have however been backed up by reports from investigative journalists.



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