Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny stated on Wednesday he would fly again to Russia on Jan. 17 from Germany the place he has been recovering after being poisoned, shrugging off potential authorized dangers that would see him jailed.
Navalny, one among President Vladimir Putin’s main critics, was airlifted to Germany for therapy in August after collapsing on a airplane in what Germany and different Western nations say was an try to homicide him with a Novichok nerve agent.
Russian authorities deny any involvement within the incident.
“It was by no means a query of whether or not to return or not. Simply as a result of I by no means left. I ended up in Germany after arriving in an intensive care field for one purpose: they tried to kill me,” Navalny wrote on Instagram.
“(President Vladimir Putin’s) servants are performing as normal by fabricating new prison circumstances in opposition to me. But I’m not concerned about what they are going to do to me. Russia is my nation, Moscow is my metropolis and I miss it,” he wrote.
Navalny stated he had most likely virtually absolutely recovered his well being.
His announcement got here a day after court docket paperwork confirmed Russian authorities had requested a court docket to jail him for allegedly breaking the phrases of a suspended sentence for what he says was a politically-motivated conviction.
Russia’s Federal Prison Service (FSIN) final month ordered Navalny to instantly fly again, and to report at a Moscow workplace or be jailed if he failed to return in time.
He and his allies have accused Russian authorities of attempting to scare him from returning forward of parliamentary elections due to be held in September.
Russia has stated it has seen no proof he was poisoned and has denied attempting to hurt him. The Kremlin has stated Navalny is free to return to Russia at any time like every other Russian citizen.