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Two detained in Poland over attack on Navalny aide: reports

19.04.2024 10:30
Two people have been detained in Poland on suspicion of attacking a top aide to the late Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, according to reports on Friday.
Russian opposition activist Leonid Volkov.
Russian opposition activist Leonid Volkov.Photo: EPA/SALVATORE DI NOLFI

Leonid Volkov, an exiled Navalny aide, was attacked with a hammer on March 12 outside his home in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius.

Lithuania's counterintelligence said at the time that the attack was the work of Russian security services, according to a report by the Reuters news agency.

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda on Friday thanked Poland's authorities and law enforcement for the detentions and said the two suspects would be transferred to Lithuania, Reuters reported.

"I thank Poland for a really good job," Nausėda said, as cited by Reuters. "I discussed this with Polish President Andrzej Duda."

Navalny, a prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, died in an Arctic penal colony in February.


Source: Reuters, IAR, PAP