Opposition Alexei Navalny, who is currently recovering in Germany from an alleged poisoning, said he plans to return to Russia on January 17.
“I survived. Now Russian President Vladimir Putin, who gave the order to kill me … he asks his staff to do everything so that I don’t return,” the opposition leader wrote on his Instagram account, adding that he had booked a Pobeda flight to return on January 17th. to Russia. “There was no doubt about returning or not returning for me. Simply because I did not leave. I ended up in Germany … for one reason: they tried to kill me,” he added.
Navalny has been in Germany since late August after he became seriously ill during a flight from Siberia to Moscow and was hospitalized in Omsk. Then he was transferred to Berlin in a coma.
Western experts concluded that Navalny had been poisoned by Novichok, a substance designed in the Soviet era. Navalny insists that the attack was carried out by the Russian Federal Intelligence Service on the orders of President Vladimir Putin, while the Kremlin denies any involvement in this incident.
Navalny and his allies accused the Kremlin of trying to prevent the opposition from returning to Russia by threatening him with imprisonment.
On Tuesday, papers were filed with a Moscow court requesting that a suspended prison sentence issued in 2014 against Navalny, after a trial condemned by European judges, be converted into a prison sentence.
Russian prison authorities accused Navalny of violating the terms of his release by staying abroad after his discharge from the Berlin hospital in September.
In December, Russian investigators also opened a criminal investigation into allegations that Navalny used more than $ 4 million in donations for personal purposes.