BERLIN (Reuters) – Kremlin critic Aleksey Navalny told a German magazine that Russian President Vladimir Putin was behind his suspected poison and insisted that he was not afraid.
Navalny was taken from Russia to Berlin in August after falling ill in a domestic flight. He received treatment at the Charite Hospital for what he said was poisoning by a potentially lethal nerve agent before Germany was discharged in September.
“I claim Putin is behind the crime and I have no other version of what happened,” Navalny told Der Spiegel according to an excerpt from an interview due to be published later on Thursday.
West has demanded an explanation from the Kremlin, which denied any involvement in the incident, saying evidence of the crime is yet to be seen.
“You don’t feel any pain but you know you’re dying,” Navalny said of the moment the nerve agent began to impress on him.
Navalny told Der Spiegel that he would return to Russia, “My job now is to be fearless. And I have no fear! “
A political activist who helped bring Navalny to Germany said on 24 September that it would take the Russian opposition leader at least a month to regain fitness, it is clear that he has returned to Russia and resumed political activity Was planned
Reporting by Michelle Adair; Editing by Maria Sheehan