The plane was asked to return Monday night as it was heading out of the runway. Shortly afterwards, the organization told Reuters that regime critic Andrei Pivovarov had been arrested by Russian intelligence.
Pivovrov led the “Open Russia” group, which is funded by a Russian oligarchy, but said on Thursday the group would close to protect its members.
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In 2017, Russian authorities termed the London-based group as undesirable and banned all activity in Russia.
Members of the group in Russia, however, continued their activities under the same name after the ban, but with a separate law firm to protect themselves from prosecution.
Pivovarov was able to check passport control, but must have been arrested on board the plane.
According to the news site polennu.dk The plane was on its way to the Polish capital Warsaw when it was ordered to return to the runway.
A similar incident
The incident comes a week after Belarusian authorities forced a plane bound for Poland to land in Minsk. Belarusian opposition activist Roman Protashevich and his girlfriend have been arrested.
This has led to international condemnation. But not from Russian President Vladimir Putin, who supports Belarus’ actions.