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Russian opposition leader Navalny allowed to leave Russia

He had been stopped at a Moscow airport on Tuesday as he was heading to France for a hearing of his case at the European Court of Human Rights.

Alexei Navalny (Alexei Navalny/Anti-corruption Foundation press service via AP)
Alexei Navalny (Alexei Navalny/Anti-corruption Foundation press service via AP)

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny says he has been able to fly out of the country after being told he was barred from leaving a day earlier.

Mr Navalny was travelling to France to attend a hearing of his case at the European Court of Human Rights when he was stopped at a Moscow airport on Tuesday and told he had been barred from leaving Russia because of a bailiff ruling.

He posted a picture of himself at passport control at a Moscow airport on Wednesday morning, saying he has now been allowed to leave the country.

He said on Tuesday that the bailiffs had not notified him that they had issued a ruling to collect about £24,000 in damages in a civil lawsuit against him. The money was promptly paid.

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