Prominent face of the Russian opposition, Aleksei Navalny has announced he will be returning to the country on Sunday— the first time since the attempt on his life through poisoning while in police custody.
For months, Navalny has been away in Germany receiving treatment after he collapsed from the effects of the poisoning, which the Kremlin allegedly ordered.
He revealed that he has purchased a plane ticket to Russia on Wednesday morning after realizing that “he is almost healthy and can finally come back home.”
“The was never a question for me whether to return or not never. Just because I didn’t leave. I ended up in Germany, having arrived there in an intensive care box. On January 17, Sunday, I will return home on Pobeda airline flight. Meet me,” Navalny tweeted on Wednesday.
A few weeks ago, the Russian Prison authority issued a warning calling the opposition figure to return to complete his jail term. The authorities threatened that failure of Navalny to do so will warrant them extending his sentence.
In 2014, Navalny was found guilty of fraud after he and his brother Oleg were accused of embezzling 30 million rubles ($540,000) from a Russian subsidiary of French cosmetics company Yves Rocher. Alexey Navalny was given a suspended sentence and his brother was sentenced to a prison term.
Russia launched a new fraud accusation and jail threat against Navalny at the end of 2020, increasing pressure on him.
Navalny in his Wednesday video added that despite Vladimir Putin’s repeated attempts on his life, he has survived nonetheless.
He also dismissed the charges against him. “I’ve survived. And now Putin, who gave the order to murder me, screeches all over his bunker and tells his servants to do everything so that I do not return. The servants act as per usual: they fabricate new criminal cases against me.
“They are doing everything to scare me. But what they are doing there is not of much interest to me. Russia is my country, Moscow is my city, I miss them,” he added.
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