Published: Thu, January 14, 2021

Kremlin critic Navalny announces return to Russian Federation

Kremlin critic Navalny announces return to Russian Federation

Opposition leader Alexei Navalny said he will return to Russian Federation this weekend despite the risk he could be jailed there, after months recovering in Germany from a nerve-agent poisoning.

Navalny, who has been receiving treatment in Germany, accuses Putin of ordering his poisoning with the deadly nerve agent Novichok, and some supporters had urged him to stay overseas for his own safety.

Top Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny says he plans to go home to Russian Federation next weekend despite the authorities' threats to put him once again behind bars.

The 44-year-old Kremlin critic wrote on Instagram that he had booked a flight that will arrive in Moscow on Sunday. "They're doing everything they can to scare me", Navalny said. Simply because I didn't leave.

'I survived. And now Putin, who gave the order for my murder, screeches all over his bunker and tells his servants to do everything so that I do not return.

'But what they do there is not very interesting to me. "Russian Federation is my country, Moscow is my city and I miss it".

'Therefore, this morning I went to Pobeda company website and bought tickets.

"Putin again is stomping his feet and demanding everything is done to ensure I don't return home ..."

Navalny fell unconscious on board a flight in August. Navalny has been recovering from being poisoned in August with a highly toxic nerve agent, an attempt on his life that he has blamed on the Kremlin, which denies any role.

This week, Russia's prison service applied to a court to have Mr Navalny's suspended sentence in an embezzlement case from 2014 converted to a real jail term.

Navalny has said the cases are politically motivated and are meant to deter him from returning to Russian Federation and to force him into exile now that the effort to kill him has failed.

It accused him of flouting a suspended sentence he had been serving over a conviction dating from 2014, and of evading the supervision of Russia's criminal inspection authority.

"I can only add that Mr. Navalny is free to make his decision and that we are glad he recovered after this attack that was carried out on him", German Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Adebahr said.

In this image taken from a video released on December 31, 2020 by Navalny on his Instagram account, Navalny, foreground right, his wife Yulia, foreground left, his daughter Daria, right, and son Zakhar pose for a selfie. In a statement shared with his supporters Wednesday, Navalny said he feels healthy enough to complete his recovery at home.

She said at the time: 'There's no way he could appear at the Moscow Criminal Inspectorate tomorrow.

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