He was poisoned, in a coma and spent weeks in the Charité in Berlin. Now Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny is attacking Russian head of state Putin – blaming him for the crime.
In his first big interview after the poison attack on him, Alexey Navalny gave the Russian Head of State Vladimir Putin faccused of the act. “I claim that Putin is behind the crime,” Navalny said in an interview with “Spiegel” published Thursday morning. He does not see “other versions of the incident”.
Navalny announced in the interview that he would return to Russia. “My job now is to remain the type who is not afraid,” he told the “Mirror”. And I am not afraid! Prior to that, Navalny’s Chief of Staff Leonid Volkov had said that Navalny would return to his homeland after his recovery. After his release from the hospital on September 22, Navalny needed even longer rehabilitation therapy.
The prominent Kremlin critic collapsed on August 20 during a flight from Tomsk in Siberia to Moscow. Two days later he was hired at the urging of his family and supporters brought to the Berlin University Clinic Charité for treatment; In Germany, poisoning with a chemical nerve agent from the Novitschok group was found. Laboratories in France and Sweden confirmed this finding from a Bundeswehr laboratory.
Russia dismisses charges
The Russian government rejects the suspicion that Russian government agencies have deliberately poisoned Navalny. The case has created significant tension between Berlin and Moscow. The German government expects the member states to jointly condemn the poison attack on the well-known Russian opposition at the EU summit that starts on Thursday afternoon.
Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) also showed her support for Navalny by visiting him sick last week.