Russian opposition figure detained after returning to Moscow
- Russian Federation
The Russian authorities on Monday detained a liberal politician who has recently returned to Moscow from abroad, the latest move in a relentless crackdown on dissent amid Moscow's military action in Ukraine.
Leonid Gozman was detained after the Interior Ministry issued a warrant for his arrest while investigating a criminal case against him.
Gozman has been accused of breaching the law that requires Russian citizens to notify authorities about a foreign citizenship or a residency permit. If found guilty, Gozman could be sentenced to a fine or community work.
Gozman notified the authorities about his Israeli citizenship, but the authorities claimed that he failed to do so within required time.
The Russian Justice Ministry has listed him as a “foreign agent”, a description that carries a strong pejorative meaning and implies additional government scrutiny.
Gozman's lawyer, Mikhail Biryukov, said the politician was detained on the Moscow subway and taken to a police station.
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