Alexey Navalny says he’ll return to Russia on Sunday after being poisoned

Alexey Navalny says he will return to Russia on Sunday after poisoning


On Instagram, Navalny stated that he bought a airplane ticket to Russia on Wednesday morning after realizing that “he is almost healthy and can finally come back home.”

“There was never a question for me whether to return or not, never. Just because I didn’t leave. I ended up in Germany, having arrived there in an intensive care box. On January 17, Sunday, I will return home on Pobeda airline flight. Meet me,” Navalny tweeted on Wednesday.

On Monday, Russian jail authorities despatched an official request to a court docket asking to interchange his suspended sentence in a years-old case with an actual jail time period.

Navalny was poisoned with the toxin Novichok in August and almost died. The Kremlin has repeatedly denied any involvement.

He is presently in Germany, after receiving therapy at Berlin’s Charite clinic.

Recent reporting from investigative group Bellingcat and Source revealed that Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) had formed an elite team specializing in nerve brokers that trailed Navalny for years. Phone and journey information recommend that the unit adopted Navalny to not less than 17 cities since 2017.

The investigation pieced collectively how the elite unit adopted Navalny’s crew all through its August journey to Siberia.

Another Source-Bellingcat report featured a cellphone name during which Navalny duped one of many brokers into revealing that he was poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok utilized to his underwear.

In a video tackle posted on his Instagram account Wednesday, the activist stated new felony circumstances introduced in opposition to him in Russia had been “demonstratively fabricated” and an try to forestall him coming again to his dwelling nation.

The Russian Federal Penitentiary Service stated that by staying in Germany Navalny was violating the phrases of his suspended sentence within the so-called Yves Rocher case, which Navalny believes is politically motivated.

In 2014, Navalny was discovered responsible of fraud after he and his brother Oleg had been accused of embezzling 30 million rubles ($540,000) from a Russian subsidiary of French cosmetics firm Yves Rocher. Alexey Navalny was given a suspended sentence and his brother was sentenced to a jail time period.

Russia launched a brand new fraud accusation and jail risk in opposition to Navalny on the finish of 2020, growing stress on him.

The nation’s Investigative Committee has additionally accused Navalny and his Anti-Corruption Foundation of “fraud on a large scale” for allegedly misusing donations from supporters and spending them on “private purposes.”

Navalny dismissed the costs in opposition to him. “I’ve survived. And now Putin, who gave the order to murder me, screeches all over his bunker and tells his servants to do everything so that I do not return. The servants act as per usual: they fabricate new criminal cases against me,” Navalny stated in Wednesday’s Instagram video.

“They are doing everything to scare me. But what they are doing there is not of much interest to me. Russia is my country, Moscow is my city, I miss them,” he added.

Putin — who refuses to acknowledge Navalny as a authentic opponent — has described in depth media investigation into the poisoning as a fabrication by Western intelligence, and said in December that if Russian safety providers had needed to kill Navalny, they “would have finished” the job.
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The Russian chief additionally claimed final month with out proof that Navalny is being supported by US intelligence providers, including, “if that’s correct, then that’s interesting, then of course [our] special services need to keep an eye on him.”

Source’s Mary Ilyushina reported from Moscow, Zamira Rahim wrote from London.

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