Leonid Volkov: Suspected attackers arrested in Poland

Leonid Volkov: Suspected attackers arrested in Poland

The Leonid Volkov case recently showed that Kremlin critics are not safe even in exile: Alexei Navalny’s employee was attacked in Lithuania. And the authorities already have a suspicion about who.

According to Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda, two people who are said to have carried out the violent attack on Kremlin critic Leonid Volkov in Lithuania have been arrested in Poland. The suspects will soon be handed over to Lithuania once the procedural steps have been completed, as Nauseda told Lithuanian Radio in Vilnius on Friday. He thanked the Polish authorities for their work. There was initially no announcement of the arrest.

The head of state of the Baltic EU and NATO country initially did not provide any further information about the two suspects and the possible extradition date. The Lithuanian police did not comment on this either.

Lithuania suspects Russia was behind the attack on Leonid Volkov

Volkov was pleased about the arrests. “I don’t have any further details yet, but I can say that I have seen the energy and persistence with which the Lithuanian police have been working on this case over the past month, and I am very pleased that this work has borne fruit,” wrote the opposition member in the online service Telegram. Now he is looking forward to finding out the details.

Volkov, who lives in exile in Lithuania, was attacked in front of his home in Vilnius in March and attacked several times with a hammer. The background to the crime is still unclear. The close confidant of Kremlin opponent Alexei Navalny, who died in a prison camp on February 16, blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin for this. Lithuania’s intelligence service suspected that Russian special services were behind the attack on the opposition figure. It was probably an attack organized by Russia. However, the attacker may have been recruited “on site”.

On Thursday, Poland announced the arrest of a man who is said to have planned an assassination attempt on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. As the public prosecutor’s office announced, the Pole is accused of passing on information to Russian military intelligence and of helping “Russian special forces plan a possible assassination attempt” on Zelensky.

Source: Stern

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