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Now Russians threaten jail for Alexei Navalny

Kremlin critic: Alexei Navalny

KREMLIN critic Alexei Navalny, who survived a novichok attack he blames on president Vladimir Putin, says Russia is trying to swap his suspended sentence for time in jail.

‘Putin is so enraged that I survived his poisoning that he ordered the FSIN [prison service] to go to court and demand my suspended sentence be changed to a real one,’ he tweeted.

The opposition politician was airlifted to Germany last August after being poisoned with nerve agent novichok in an attack the Kremlin denies ordering. Last month, the FSIN ordered him to fly back from Germany, or be jailed.

He is accused of flouting a 2014 suspended sentence — said to be politically motivated. But his spokesman said it was a ploy to scare him off returning to Russia, which he planned to do next year.