France demands Kremlin frees returning dissident Alexei Navalny

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The French government has called for the 'immediate release' of Alexei Navalny, principal opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, after he was arrested in Moscow on his return to Russia on Sunday after recovering in Germany from a poisoning attack that nearly killed him.

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France on Sunday called for Russian authorities to immediately free Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, adding to a wave of Western condemnation following his detention at a Moscow airport, reports The New Indian Express