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Putin Critic Navalny Says He Will Return To Russia On January 17

Alexei Navalny mentioned he had booked a January 17 Pobeda airways flight to Russia. (File)

Moscow, Russia:

Russian opposition chief Alexei Navalny mentioned on Wednesday he deliberate to return to the nation on Sunday from Germany, the place was recovering from a poisoning assault, regardless of dealing with a menace of jail.

The 44-year-old Kremlin critic wrote on Instagram that he had booked a flight that can arrive in Russia on January 17.

“There was never any question of ‘returning or not’ for me. Simply because I didn’t leave. I ended up in Germany… for one reason: they tried to kill me,” the anti-graft campaigner wrote on Instagram.

Navalny has been in Germany since late August after he fell violently unwell on a flight from Siberia to Moscow and was hospitalised within the metropolis of Omsk. He was then flown out to Berlin in an induced coma.

Western consultants concluded that Navalny was poisoned utilizing the Soviet-designed nerve agent Novichok.

Navalny insists the assault was carried out by Russia’s primary safety company, the Federal Security Service (FSB), on the orders of President Vladimir Putin.

The Kremlin denies any involvement.


“I survived. And now Putin, who gave the order for my murder, is… telling his servants to do everything so that I do not return,” Navalny added.

Navalny and his allies have accused the Kremlin of making an attempt to dam Navalny’s return to Russia by threatening him with jail.

On Tuesday, papers have been filed with a Moscow courtroom asking for a 2014 suspended sentence Navalny acquired after a trial denounced as unjust by European judges to be transformed into jail time.

Russia’s jail authorities have accused Navalny of breaking the phrases of his probation by remaining overseas after he was discharged from hospital in Berlin in September.

In December, Russian investigators additionally launched a prison probe into Navalny’s alleged use of greater than $four million of donations for private functions.

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