Offbeat Alexej Navalny: Russia rejects accusation against Vladimir Putin

20:45  01 october  2020
20:45  01 october  2020 Source:   spiegel.de

Alexeï Navalny is "free" to return to Russia, assures the Kremlin

 Alexeï Navalny is © ALEXANDER NEMENOV / AFP Alexeï Navalny during an opposition rally in Moscow, April 30, 2018. Russian opponent Alexeï Navalny, authorized to leave the Berlin hospital where he had been treated since August 22 for Novichok poisoning, is "free" to return to Russia, the Kremlin said.

The Russian oppositionist Alexej Navalny has accused SPIEGEL that Vladimir Putin was behind the poison attack on him. The Kremlin describes this as "unfounded and unacceptable".

  Alexej Nawalny: Russland weist Vorwurf an Wladimir Putin zurück © Alexei Druzhinin / imago images / ITAR-TASS

Kremlin critic Alexej Navalny blames Russian President Vladimir Putin for his poisoning. The government in Moscow has now sharply rejected the accusation that Navalny had made in an interview with SPIEGEL .

"Such accusations against the Russian President are absolutely unfounded and unacceptable," said Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov. Some of Nawalny's statements in the interview with SPIEGEL are even "offensive". The Russian opposition is determined to return to Russia despite the poison attack. Peskov said that the Kremlin critic was free to do so. He could continue to receive treatment in Russia.

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"I claim that Putin was behind the crime, and I have no other versions of the crime," Navalny told SPIEGEL. "My job now is to stay the guy who's not scared. And I'm not scared." His trembling hands are not an expression of his fear, but of the poison. "I will not give Putin the gift of not going back to Russia." Otherwise he would have achieved his goal, said Navalny.

He collapsed on an intra-Russian flight in August. First he was treated in the Siberian Omsk, and later in the Berlin Charité . After numerous tests, the federal government declared that Navalny had been poisoned with a neurotoxin from the Novitschok group. The government in Moscow has repeatedly denied responsibility.

Navalny criticizes former Chancellor: "Schröder is Putin's errand boy" .
Video: Sergei Lavrov: Navalny poison allegations are scandalous (Euronews) Your browser does not support this video The Kremlin critic Alexej Navalny has former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder (SPD) as called an "errand boy" of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Navalny told the "Bild" newspaper (Wednesday edition) that it was "very disappointing" that the former Chancellor had declared that there were no reliable facts about the poison attack on him.

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