UA Belarusian citizen was detained in Poland on suspicion of having ordered the attack on the leader of the Russian opposition and ally of Alexei Navalny, Leonid Volkov, on behalf of Moscow, as announced by Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk this Friday. Previously, two Polish citizens had already been detained.

“A Belarusian working for the Russians who ordered two Poles to assassinate Navalny’s ally – detained. The attackers are also detained”, wrote the head of the Government, on the social network X (Twitter).

At the beginning of the day, Lithuanian authorities had already reported the arrest of two Polish citizens suspected of having carried out the attack, which took place on March 12, outside Volkov’s home in Vilnius, where he is in exile.

“Two people were detained in Poland on suspicion of attacking Russian opposition leader Leonid Volkov,” said Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda, quoted by the US agency AP.

And he added: “I thank the Republic of Poland for the excellent work it has done. I discussed the matter with the Polish president [Andrzej Duda] and thanked him for his excellent cooperation.”

Volkov, in turn, thanked the head of state and the Lithuanian authorities through the social network X (Twitter), highlighting that it was “of great importance to investigate and expose the entire chain of command, from [Vladimir] Putin to the guy with the hammer.”

It is recalled that an attacker broke one of the windows of the car Volkov was driving, threw tear gas into his eyes and hit him with a hammer, the police said at the time. The man, who suffered a broken arm and was hospitalized, accused the Russian president of having ordered the attack and promised to continue his work in the opposition.

The incident occurred almost a month after the unexplained death of Navalny, who was detained in a remote Arctic penal colony.

Navalny, who has died aged 47, was Russia’s best-known opposition figure and the fiercest critic of Putin, in power for 24 years. He had been detained since January 2021 and was serving a 19-year prison sentence on charges of extremism, widely considered to be politically motivated.

Navalny’s widow, Yulia Navalnaya, promised to continue her husband’s work, even though she confessed that the attack on Volkov led her to hire a bodyguard.

Volkov was responsible for the regional offices and electoral campaigns of Navalny, who ran for mayor of Moscow in 2013, and tried to challenge Putin in the 2018 presidential election.

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