Defiant Navalny puts Kremlin on the defensive

Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny, who narrowly escaped death from Novichok poisoning, remains defiant and has a message for President Vladimir Putin.

Navalny, who blames Putin for the poisoning in August, has vowed to return home to continue his anti-corruption campaign, Radio Free Europe reported.

“I will not give Putin the gift of not returning to Russia,” he said in a Der Spiegel interview published on October 1, adding that for him, “Putin is behind this act. I don’t see any other explanation.”

In his first interview since falling ill after ingesting what experts say was a Soviet-style nerve agent from the Novichok group while he was in Siberia, the courageous 44-year-old Kremlin critic said that his health continues to improve since being released from a Berlin hospital on September 22.

Navalny spent 32 days in the clinic, including 24 days in an intensive care unit.



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