Alexei Navalny blames Vladimir Putin for poisoning, vows to return to Russia
Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny told a German magazine he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin was behind his suspected poisoning, but said he was not afraid and would return to Russia to resume campaigning.
- Mr Navalny said he doesn’t want to be “the opposition leader in exile”
- His allies said traces of Novichok were found on a bottle of water in Mr Navalny’s hotel room
- Russia denied any involvement in the incident and said it has yet to see evidence of a crime
Mr Navalny was flown from Russia to Berlin in August after falling ill on a domestic flight.
He received treatment in Germany for what Berlin said was poisoning by a potentially deadly nerve agent, Novichok, before being discharged in September.