World Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny returns to 60 Minutes

06:45  15 october  2020
06:45  15 october  2020 Source:   cbsnews.com

Alexey Navalny describes being poisoned

  Alexey Navalny describes being poisoned The Russian opposition leader tells Lesley Stahl about what he went through after falling ill on an airplane this past August and why he won't let it stop him from the work he's doing against Russian President Vladimir Putin.Alexey Navalny: I said to the flight attendant, and I kind of shocked him with my statement, "Well, I was poisoned and I'm gonna die." And I immediately lay down on-- onto his feet.

Recovering from a near-fatal poisoning, Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny calls on President Trump to join other leaders in condemning the Navalny speaks to Lesley Stahl in his first U.S. television interview since being poisoned eight weeks ago with the nerve agent Novichok on the next

Russian opposition leader and Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny was removed to hospital after falling ill in what his spokesperson has said is a suspected poisoning. CNN's Matthew Chance reports.

Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny speaks plainly when criticizing President Vladimir Putin.

Alexei Navalny et al. sitting at a table: image-from-ios.jpg © Credit: CBSNews image-from-ios.jpg

"These are people who are trying to steal my country and I strongly disagree with it," Navalny told 60 Minutes in 2017. "I'm not going to be, you know, a kind of speechless person right now. I'm not going to keep silent."

60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl first interviewed Navalny in the lead-up to the 2018 Russian presidential election. Navalny was attempting to challenge Putin for the country's top office. The Kremlin barred him from running due to his criminal record. The Russian authorities have repeatedly jailed Navalny for organizing unsanctioned anti-government rallies and protests.

"My job is to not be afraid" Alexey Navalny vows to keep fighting

  "Is it, in your mind worth your life?" Three years later, Lesley Stahl re-asks the Russian opposition leader if the recent assassination attempt has changed his perspective.The Russian opposition leader recently survived an assassination attempt where he was believed to be poisoned. This was the latest and most serious threat to his life.

FILE PHOTO: Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny goes downstairs at Charite hospital in Berlin, September 19, 2020 © Courtesy of Instagram “The results of the analysis confirm that the biomarkers of the cholinesterase inhibitor found in Navalny ’s blood and urine samples have similar

Russian opposition politician Alexey Navalny has been discharged from hospital after his near-fatal poisoning, and could make a complete recovery, according to the German hospital which has been treating him.

Navalny called for a boycott of the election in 2018 after the Kremlin forbid him from running. In the subsequent years, he has not relented with his anti-Putin rhetoric.

Alexei Navalny looking at the camera: Navalny says Putin enjoys using poison 01:23 © Provided by CBS News Navalny says Putin enjoys using poison 01:23

On August 20 of this year, the 44-year-old fell violently ill while traveling on a flight within Russia. The plane made an emergency landing in Siberia where Navalny was hospitalized for multiple days before the being airlifted to Berlin for further treatment.

Navalny and his team said he was poisoned. They accuse the Kremlin of orchestrating the assassination attempt. The Russian government denies any wrongdoing.

Laboratories in Germany, France, and Sweden confirmed Navalny was poisoned by a Novichok nerve agent. Their findings were further supported by the independent Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

Novichok found on water bottle suggests Russia's Navalny poisoned before he went to airport, aides say

  Novichok found on water bottle suggests Russia's Navalny poisoned before he went to airport, aides say Traces of poison were found on a bottle of water from the hotel room in Siberia where Alexey Navalny stayed before falling ill, the Russian opposition politician's team said Thursday.Traces of poison were found on a bottle of water from the hotel room in Siberia where Alexey Navalny stayed before falling ill, the Russian opposition politician's team said Thursday.

FILE PHOTO: Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny attends a rally in support of political prisoners in Prospekt Sakharova Street in Moscow Navalny added that, despite the apparent attempt on his life, he wants to return to Russia . “My job now is to remain the guy who isn’t afraid.

Germany and France have reportedly settled on EU sanctions against nine Russian state officials in response to the poisoning of opposition figure Alexey Navalny . EU leaders are expected to adopt an official reaction to the attack against Navalny at their next summit, which begins on October 15.

The Soviet Union developed Novichok nerve agents toward the end of the Cold War.

In 1997, the Russian Federation entered into the Chemical Weapons Convention, an agreement between 193 member states to cease the development of new chemical weapons and dismantle chemical weapon stockpiles.

In 2017, Stahl asked Navalny if the movement he leads is worth sacrificing his life.

"I'm trying to not think about it," Navalny said. "Because look, I think I'm ready to sacrifice everything for my job and for the people who [are] surrounding me. I'm not [going to] let them down. And I'm trying to not to reflect about it all the time."

This Sunday on 60 Minutes, Stahl interviews Navalny for his first appearance on American television since he was poisoned.

"The Challenger" was produced by E. Alexandra Poolos. Kate Morris was the Associate Producer. 60 Minutes airs Sundays on CBS at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

Russian opposition leader Navalny says Trump should condemn chemical attack against him .
Alexey Navalny has called out United States President Donald Trump's silence regarding a recent alleged chemical attack against the Russian opposition leader. © YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/AFP via Getty Images Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny gestures as he delivers a speech during a demonstration in Moscow on September 29, 2019. - Thousands gathered in Moscow for a demonstration demanding the release of the opposition protesters prosecuted in recent months.

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