MOSCOW – Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny announced on Wednesday that he intends to return to Russia this weekend, four months after he was expelled from Germany following his assassination attempt in Siberia.
Navalani wrote on Instagram, “The question of whether to return or not has never come out of my mind.” “That’s because I didn’t leave. I ended up in Germany – in an intensive care box – for one simple reason: They tried to kill me.”
Navalny was poisoned in Siberia in August, where he was put into an artificial coma by local medics. His condition was stated to be critical, and after several days of lobbying efforts by the German government and activists, he was sent on a medical ambulance to Berlin.
Once in Berlin, German scientists prescribed toxin a type of Novichok nerve agent. This weapon was made by the Soviet Union, and Russia claims to have destroyed its stock of the substance. Several independent laboratories in many countries supported Germany’s findings.
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Novichok was used by Russian secret agents in 2018 to attempt to assassinate former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in Britain. Russia has denied involvement in the effort, as it has denied allegations of attempting to murder Navni.
“I survived,” Navalny wrote in his post. “And now, Putin, who ordered my assassination, shouts at his cot and orders his servants to do everything to prevent me from returning. The servants work as usual: they are the new criminal against me. Accuse. “
Navalny has been hinting for months now that she intends to return to Russia after recovering from her poison. During this time, he has faced additional legal challenges from the government and Putin’s allies.
Navalny and his supporters interpreted the message, saying that it would be better to live in Germany.
“But what they do is not beneficial to me,” Navalny wrote on Wednesday. “Russia is my country. Moscow is my city. I miss them. So, this morning I went to Pobeda’s site [airlines] And bought a ticket. On Sunday, January 17, I will return home. “
Navalny made a comeback in October in an interview. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said at the time that Navalny had full right to return as a Russian citizen. However, Peskov and other officials have also claimed that Navalny is a CIA asset.
Navalny’s return set the stage for a possible theatrical performance between Putin’s regime and its most prominent critic.