MOSCOW, November 13. /TASS/. Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny’s travel ban has been lifted after he paid the delinquent fine, the Russian Federal Bailiffs Service stated.
"We inform that after the Service confirmed the information concerning the unsettled court obligation (in connection with the Kirovles embezzlement case - TASS) and the restrictions introduced in that regard, the debtor Navalny A. A. [Alexey Anatolievich] has paid the debt promptly and in full," the Russian Federal Bailiffs Service informed TASS.
"All introduced restrictions and bans related to the enforcement proceedings have been lifted. Currently, there are no grounds for banning travel outside of the Russian Federation within the framework of the aforementioned enforcement proceedings, as the debtor has fulfilled his obligations responsibly," the service noted.
Earlier on Tuesday, Navalny wrote on Twitter that he was barred from leaving Russia due to unknown reasons. The blogger was expected to fly to Strasbourg to hear the European Court of Human Rights’ decision on his case, but was detained at the airport.
According to an official notification published in Navalny’s blog, his travel ban is related to a decision by the Federal Bailiffs Service’s department. The blogger noted that he has no delinquent fines and the last time he had left the country was nearly two weeks ago.
The Federal Bailiffs Service said on its website on Tuesday that Navalny has been barred from leaving the country over his delinquent fine of 2.1 mln rubles ($31,015) in connection with the Kirovles embezzlement case.