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

03:15  19 october  2020
03:15  19 october  2020 Source:   cbsnews.com

Putin Is Facing the Toughest Fight of His Presidency as Former USSR Goes up in Flames

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Russian anti-corruption campaigner Alexey Navalny has accused President Vladimir Putin of organizing his alleged poisoning in August, which led to the activist being hospitalized in Siberia, before being airlifted to Germany. “ My job now is to remain the guy who isn’t afraid . And I’m not afraid !

Germany says Alexei Navalny was attacked with a type of nerve agent used against an ex-spy in the UK. The Kremlin spokesman called on Germany for a full exchange of information and foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova complained the Novichok allegations were not backed up by

Alexey Navalny is determined as ever to fight what he sees as corruption in his native Russia.

Alexei Navalny sitting on a park bench: Russia's Navalny leaves German hospital after 32 days © Anadolu Agency Russia's Navalny leaves German hospital after 32 days

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.

  • Alexey Navalny on the poisoning attack he survived and why he thinks Putin was behind it

The 44-year-old fell ill while on a commercial flight within his home country. The plane made an emergency landing in Siberia, where he remained hospitalized for two days until the Russian government allowed Navalny to travel to a Berlin hospital via an air ambulance.

Putin critic Alexei Navalny able to leave bed as he recovers from poisoning

  Putin critic Alexei Navalny able to leave bed as he recovers from poisoning Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has recovered from a poisoning enough that he can now briefly leave his bed, according to the Berlin hospital where he is being treated. © Provided by Washington Examiner Navalny, one of Russia's most outspoken critics of President Vladimir Putin, was flown to Germany two days after he fell ill in August on a domestic flight in Russia and remains at Berlin's Charite hospital. Berlin has called on Russia to investigate the case.

FILE PHOTO: Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny © REUTERS / Shamil Zhumatov. Follow RT on. If the Russian state had attempted to assassinate Navalny , they would never have allowed his stricken comatose body to be flown out of the country to Germany in the first place.

Putin is not afraid to face Navalny in fair election, he did it several times actually. Putin stands no chances against Alexey Navalny in a level-field political fight , i.e. where the Russian state machine, secret police, courts and the media do not play on his side.

The outspoken Kremlin critic told 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl that he believes Russian president Vladimir Putin is responsible for his poisoning.

Alexei Navalny et al. sitting on a chair: Alexey Navalny and  Lesley Stahl © Provided by CBS News Alexey Navalny and  Lesley Stahl

"[There is a] huge cover up operation," Navalny told Stahl. "There is no criminal investigation so far. If Putin is not responsible, why there is no investigation?"

Toxicology reports from labs in France and Sweden confirmed the German Military lab's findings that Navalny was poisoned by military grade Novichok, a nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union at the end of the Cold War.

"There is proof beyond doubt that Mr. Navalny was poisoned using a military-grade nerve agent from the Novichok group," said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

Britain, France, and Germany said they will sanction Russia over Alexei Navalny's poisoning. Putin won't care.

  Britain, France, and Germany said they will sanction Russia over Alexei Navalny's poisoning. Putin won't care. Just as in the 2018 poisoning of the Skripals in England and the 2019 killing of a Chechen leader in Germany, Europe's threats will go unheeded.France and Germany said in a joint statement, later echoed by the UK, that sanctions "will target individuals deemed responsible for this crime" and "an entity involved in the Novichok program.

The OPCW noted that the particular cholinesterase inhibitor used to poison Navalny is not formally included on its list of banned substances. In response to the OPCW’s conclusions, Navalny ’s associate Leonid Volkov made the following comment

Alexei Anatolievich Navalny (Russian: Алексе́й Анато́льевич Нава́льный, IPA: [ɐlʲɪkˈsʲej ɐnɐˈtolʲjɪvʲɪtɕ nɐˈvalʲnɨj]; born 4 June 1976 in Butyn) is a Russian opposition leader, politician

The Russian government has denied any wrongdoing.

In 2017, when Stahl first interviewed Navalny for 60 Minutes, she asked him if the movement he led was worth risking his life.

"I'm trying to not think about it," Navalny said to 60 Minutes in 2017. "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."

Alexei Navalny sitting at a table using a laptop: Alexey Navalny and Lesley Stahl  in 2017 © Provided by CBS News Alexey Navalny and Lesley Stahl in 2017

Stahl posed the same question to Navalny after the assassination attempt on August 20 of this year.

"I feel even more [strongly] and I feel that they try to make this [assassination] attempt and now, from my experience it's not a theoretical for me…if they will try to kill me," Navalny told Stahl in their most recent interview. "Do I feel some fear? Will I abandon my job because they try to kill me? Now from my experience, personal experience, I just now know that I don't feel any fear. And I'm ready to continue to work."

Navalny told Stahl the Kremlin is doing everything in their power to prevent him from returning to Russia. He plans to go back.

The video above was produced by Keith Zubrow and Sarah Shafer Prediger. It was edited by Sarah Shafer Prediger.

Europe Is Still Wide Open to Russian Information-Warfare Attacks .
Since news first broke that Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny had been poisoned with a nerve agent, some of the most popular coverage in Germany has come from Kremlin-funded outlets questioning Berlin’s efforts to blame Moscow for the attack. RT Deutsch’s stories denouncing the accusations as shrill and hypocritical ranked among the top 10 most shared sources on German-language social media on the subject, registering more engagement than official government statements or coverage in mainstream outlets like Welt, Bild and broadcaster ZDF, according to analysis by the European Union covering the period since the August atta

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