Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was rushed to a court hearing inside a police station on Monday, a day after he was detained at a Moscow airport when flying home for the first time since he was poisoned last summer.
Western nations have urged Russia to immediately free Navalny, but Sergei Lavrov, the foreign minister, said expressions of outrage over the detention were designed to distract their citizens from domestic problems and that Moscow was unfazed by potential damage to its image.
Navalny made the comments in a video posted on Twitter by his spokeswoman.
ALEXEI NAVALNY: [SPEAKING FRENCH]
TRANSLATOR: I don't understand what's going on. I was escorted out of the cell a minute ago to meet the lawyers. I came here. And here, a Khimki court is taking place. Some people are filming me. Some people are sitting in the room. This is called an open hearing of the Khimki court. And they are considering my arrest at the request of the head of the police. I do not understand why the hearing of the Khimki court is taking place at the police station-- why no one was informed or notified.
I have seen a lot of times the mockery of justice. But it looks like the old man in his bunker is so scared of everything that the criminal procedures code has been blatantly torn up and thrown into the garbage. The thing which is happening here is simply impossible. This is the highest degree of lawlessness.