The Russian opponent Alekséi Navalni has accused the president Vladímir Putin of being “behind” his poisoning, in his first published interview after leaving the German hospital where he was treated.
“I affirm that Putin is behind this act, I do not see another explanation,” he told the German weekly ‘Der Spiegel’, which published extracts from this interview on its website on Thursday. “My duty now is to continue as I am, someone who is not afraid. I’m not afraid!, has affirmed the main opponent to the Kremlin.
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Navalni has also confirmed its intention to go back to russia when he is fully recovered, according to the German weekly, which will publish the entire interview later this Thursday.
Poisoned with Novichok
A tireless anti-corruption activist, Navalni, 44, suddenly vanished aboard a plane that was supposed to take him from Siberia to Moscow on August 20.
Three European laboratories have concluded that the Russian opponent was the victim of poisoning with a Novichok-type neurotoxic substance, created in Soviet times for military purposes, and since then, several western countries have called on Russia to investigate the case. Moscow rejects all the accusations.
The opposition leader left a week ago from the Berlin hospital where he was admitted and will remain in Germany during his convalescence which, according to his spokesman, will take “a long time”.
After the interview was disclosed, the President of the Duma, the lower house of the Russian Parliament, has accused Navalni of working for the Western secret services and has rejected his accusations. “Navalni has no shame, he is a scoundrel. Putin saved his life (…) It is clear that he works for the special services and the authorities of Western countries, “he said. Viatsheslav Volodin.