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

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 courtroom asking to exchange 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 remedy at Berlin’s Charite clinic.

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Recent reporting from investigative group Bellingcat and CNN revealed that Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) had fashioned an elite crew 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 CNN-Bellingcat report featured a cellphone name by 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 deal with posted on his Instagram account Wednesday, the activist stated new felony instances introduced in opposition to him in Russia have been “demonstratively fabricated” and an try to stop him coming again to his residence 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 have 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 menace in opposition to Navalny on the finish of 2020, rising strain 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 legit opponent — has described intensive media investigation into the poisoning as a fabrication by Western intelligence, and stated 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.”

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

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