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Plane carrying Kremlin foe Navalny leaves Berlin for Moscow

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny sits in a Pobeda airlines plane heading to Moscow before take-off from Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) in Schoenefeld, southeast of Berlin, on January 17, 2021. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP)
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny sits in a Pobeda airlines plane heading to Moscow before take-off from Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) in Schoenefeld, southeast of Berlin, on January 17, 2021. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP)

Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny, who has spent five months in Berlin recovering from a poisoning attack, is on a plane headed for Moscow, AFP journalists on board report.

Navalny’s flight on budget airline Pobeda took off from Berlin’s BER airport. Navalny risks being arrested on arrival, but he tells reporters on board that he is “an innocent person.”

The plane is scheduled to land at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport around 7:20 p.m. local time (1620 GMT).

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