MOSCOW, January 19. /TASS/. Allegations that blogger Alexey Navalny was detained upon return to Russia because President Vladimir Putin is afraid of him are complete nonsense, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Tuesday.
"It’s nothing but utter nonsense," he said in response to a question. "We know that the Federal Penitentiary Service has had claims [against Navalny], and some rules were violated," Peskov specified.
When commenting on Navalny’s arrest, the presidential spokesman noted that "the complaints concerning his failure to abide by the law have nothing to do with the Russian president." Peskov cited statistics, pointing out that "about 18,000 violations of suspended sentences" had been recorded in the country over the past three years. "Certain measures were taken 18,000 times in the past three years," he noted. "Assertions that somebody is afraid of someone are utter nonsense," the Kremlin spokesman emphasized.
Navalny, who was wanted for violating his suspended sentence in the Yves Rocher case, was detained at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport upon arrival from Berlin on Sunday.