Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said on Wednesday he planned to return to the country from Germany on Sunday, where he was recovering from a poisoning attack, despite a prison threat.
The 44-year-old Kremlin critic wrote on Instagram that he has booked a flight that will arrive in Russia on January 17.
“It was never a question of ‘coming back or not’ for me. Just because I didn’t leave. I ended up in Germany … for a reason: they tried to kill me,” wrote the anti-corruption activist on Instagram. .
Navalny has been in Germany since the end of August after falling seriously ill on a flight from Siberia to Moscow and hospitalized in the city of Omsk. He was then flown to Berlin in an induced coma.
Western experts concluded that Navalny was poisoned using the Soviet-designed nerve agent Novichok.
Navalny insists the attack was carried out by Russia’s main security agency, the Federal Security Service (FSB), on the orders of President Vladimir Putin.
The Kremlin denies any involvement.
“I survived. And now Putin, who ordered my murder, … tells his servants to do everything so that I don’t come back,” Navalny added.
Navalny and his allies accused the Kremlin of trying to block Navalny’s return to Russia by threatening him with jail.
On Tuesday, papers were filed with a Moscow court asking for a 2014 suspended sentence Navalny received after a trial denounced as unfair by European judges to be converted to prison.
Russian prison authorities have accused Navalny of violating the terms of his probation by staying abroad after being released from Berlin hospital in September.
In December, Russian investigators also launched a criminal investigation into Navalny’s alleged use of more than $ 4 million in personal donations.
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