Kamis, 01 Oktober 2020

Alexei Navalny blames Vladimir Putin for poisoning, vows to return to Russia - ABC News

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny told a German magazine he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin was behind his suspected poisoning, but said he was not afraid and would return to Russia to resume campaigning.

Mr Navalny was flown from Russia to Berlin in August after falling ill on a domestic flight.

He received treatment in Germany for what Berlin said was poisoning by a potentially deadly nerve agent, Novichok, before being discharged in September.

"I believe that Putin is behind the crime and I don't have any other versions of what happened," Mr Navalny told German magazine Der Spiegel, according to an extract of an interview due to be published this week.

Some Western nations have demanded an explanation from the Kremlin, which has denied any involvement in the incident and said it has yet to see evidence of a crime.

He said he was making a steady recovery and was now re-learning how to balance on one leg.


Mr Navalny was accompanied on his visit to the magazine's office by security guards, who insisted they should choose which bottle of water from the fridge he should drink.

His allies have said traces of Novichok had been found on a bottle of water he drank in his hotel room before taking the flight.

Mr Navalny told Der Spiegel he would return to Russia.

Alexei Navalny sits in a hospital bed in a medical gown surrounded by three people in protective gowns, masks and hair nets
Mr Navalny shared an update on his recovery to Instagram from his hospital bed in Germany on June 15.(Instagram: Navalny)

He and his wife are currently living in a rented flat in Berlin, but he said he would only resume posting to his popular online video channel once he was back in Russia.

"I do not want to be the opposition leader in exile," he said.

The politician, who was visited at his hospital bedside by Chancellor Angela Merkel, said he felt a personal bond to Germany and had been impressed by Ms Merkel's deep knowledge of Russia.

"My impression is that Merkel needs no advice from me," he said.

"But any Russia strategy must account for the depth of madness that Putin has now reached.

"Putin would not risk a conflict with Berlin."


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2020-10-01 10:41:00Z

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