Russian corruption fighter and opposition chief Alexei Navalny desires to return to Russia on Sunday, January 17, he stated on Wednesday after Russian authorities requested the court docket to order his arrest on Tuesday.
Navalny was poisoned throughout a visit to Siberia in August final yr. He was taken to a hospital in Germany, the place he’s additionally recovering from the poisoning. The opposition chief is without doubt one of the most outspoken critics of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Based on Navalny’s supporters, the president is personally answerable for the poisoning and the Kremlin would threaten the opposition chief with imprisonment for not wanting him to return. Navalny was given a suspended sentence for fraud in 2014. Based on him, that conviction is politically motivated.
Navalny didn’t reply to the request from the Russian authorities to report back to Moscow earlier than a deadline – which has now handed. Russia then threatened to commute his suspended sentence into 3.5 years in jail.
Based on the European Court docket of Justice, Navalny’s trial in 2014 was not truthful.
Within the West, the substance with which Navalny was poisoned is known as novichok, a chemical weapon as soon as developed within the Soviet Union.