Russian dissident Alexei Navalny announced today that he intends to return to Russia next Sunday after completing his treatment in Germany after he was poisoned last August, and Navalny and Western countries accused Russia of being responsible for the poisoning.
Navalny, 44, wrote on an account on Instagram that he has fully recovered now and it is time to return to Russia, despite the many legal threats that he may face there.
Navalny accused the Kremlin of trying to prevent his return to Russia by threatening him with imprisonment, adding, “There was no doubt about returning or not returning for me. Simply because I did not leave. I ended up in Germany … for one reason: they tried to kill me.”
The prominent Russian dissident was flown last August from the Russian city of Omsk to Berlin while he was in a coma, for treatment after he was poisoned while traveling on a plane.
The German doctors concluded at the time that the Russian dissident had been subjected to an attempt to poison the chemical nerve gas “Novichok” (Novichok), and Navalny says that his poisoning is behind the Russian Federal Intelligence Service (FBI) on the orders of President Vladimir Putin.
Russia denies involvement in the incident and demands evidence of the poisoning attempt from Germany in order to initiate an investigation into the accident.
More recently, the Russian authorities have increased the pressure on Navalny, as it was only known on Tuesday that the execution authorities in Russia wanted him to prison for allegedly not meeting one of the conditions of supervision. A request to do so was submitted to a court in Moscow.
The Russian prison authorities accused Navalny of violating the terms of his release by staying abroad after his discharge from the Berlin hospital last September.
Last month, Russian investigators opened a criminal investigation into allegations that Navalny used more than $ 4 million in donations to benefit the anti-corruption fund set up by the opposition for personal purposes such as buying property and financing holidays, which the opposition denies.
Last October, the European Union approved sanctions against Russian figures after accusing Moscow of being responsible for poisoning Navalny, which Russia responded by imposing sanctions last month on European officials as part of a reciprocal policy.