Two people suspected of attacking a Russian opposition figure have been arrested in Poland

Two people suspected of attacking Russian oppositionist Leonid Volkov in Vilnius on March 12 have been arrested in Poland, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said on Friday.

Volkov, 43, is the former chief of staff to Alexei Navalny, a Russian opposition figure who died in February in a Russian penal colony above the Arctic Circle.

He was attacked outside his home in Vilnius. The suspects smashed the window of his car, sprayed tear gas in his eyes and hit him with a hammer, breaking his arm.

“Thank you to the Republic of Poland for its great work, we talked about it with the President of Poland Andrzej Duda, thank you for the excellent cooperation,” Nauseda told reporters.

“Soon, after completion of procedural activities, these people will be transferred to Lithuania,” he said, without giving further details.

In a separate post on X he said: “A month ago, Navalny aide Leonid Volkov was brutally attacked in Vilnius. Today I am happy to announce that suspects have been detained in Poland. Thanks to Andrez Duda and law enforcement. Together we warn the organizers of the crime: try not to repeat it!”

Responding to Nauseda’s message, Volkov said: “Thank you very much, Mr. President. And big thanks to the Lithuanian and Polish law enforcement agencies for the tremendous work they have done. It is extremely important to investigate and expose all chains. of command….”