Russian opponent Alexei Navalny announces he will return to Russia on January 17

Victim of poisoning during a trip to Siberia, transported and hospitalized in a coma on August 20 in Berlin, the Russian opponent Alexeï Navalny, still recovering in Germany, expressed, Wednesday, January 13, his desire to return soon in his country.

” I survived. And now [le président russe Vladimir] Putin, who ordered my assassination, (…) told his servants to do everything so that I do not return “, he said in a video posted on his Instagram page, before adding that he had taken a ticket on a regular line dated January 17.

“The question” to come back or not” [en Russie] never arose for me. Simply because I haven’t left. I ended up in Germany when I got there in an intensive care unit ”, continued Mr. Navalny.

Anti-corruption activist and sworn enemy of the Kremlin, the 44-year-old was unwell in August while on a plane, returning from an election tour of Siberia. The aircraft had made an emergency landing in Omsk, where he was hospitalized for forty-eight hours before being evacuated, in a coma, to Germany. It came out in early September and three European laboratories concluded that it was poisoned by a Novichok-type nerve agent, a substance designed by Soviet specialists for military purposes.

This conclusion was confirmed by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and an investigation by several media pointed to the responsibility of the Russian special services (FSB) in this poisoning.

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Threat of imprisonment in Russia

Since coming out of the coma, Mr. Navalny has accused President Vladimir Putin of directly ordering his murder, which the Kremlin categorically denies.

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The opponent risks a prison sentence in Russia, the justice having registered, Tuesday, January 12, a complaint asking for the conversion of a suspended prison sentence targeting him in prison. Mr Navalny says the complaint was lodged by the Russian Prison Service (FSIN) for a conviction dating from December 2014, believing it to be a maneuver to prevent him from returning to his country.

At the end of December, a survey for “Large-scale fraud” was opened against him, the Russian investigation committee specifying that he is suspected of having spent for his personal use 356 million rubles (3.9 million euros at the current rate) on donations. A felony punishable by ten years of imprisonment.

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