MOSCOW – Russia’s opposition leader Aleksei A.Navalny, who has been in Germany for months, recovering from a spy attack that Western officials said was operated by the Russian state, said on Wednesday he would return to Russia over the weekend. this Threatened to be jailed upon arrival
Navalni said in social media posts that he had bought tickets for a flight to Moscow on Sunday. His announcement that he would return just two days after Russian prison officials filed a court petition to imprison Mr Nawalny for what it said violated the terms of a previously suspended prison sentence.
“They did everything they could to shock me,” Nawalni said in an Instagram post on Wednesday, referring to the Russian authorities, “but I didn’t care what they were doing. Russia is my country, Moscow is my city and I miss them. ”
Navalni was poisoned by a military spy in Siberia in August for what he and Western officials said was an assassination attempt by the Russian government. He was in a coma and was flown to Berlin for treatment.
He said on Wednesday that he now believes he is good enough to return to Russia. He said he planned to travel with low-cost airline Pobeda and that he would arrive in Moscow on Sunday.
“Come see me!” He said.
Within days of a medical coma at the Charité hospital in Berlin in September, Navalny pledged to return to Russia. But his surprising announcement on Wednesday about a time when Russian politics was back in motion – set a high-stakes decision for the Kremlin how to react.
Last month Mr Navalny, working with open source investigative organization Bellingcat, published two YouTube videos documenting a complicated story by Russia’s domestic intelligence FSB to kill him. A total of 45 million videos have been viewed.
At the same time, the Kremlin increased pressure on Mr Nolny, signaling he would face jail if he returned to Russia. President Vladimir V. Putin explained that Nawalny was a CIA property and claimed that if Russian officials wanted to kill the opposition leader “they would have finished the work.”
But the jailing of the opposition leader would be at risk for the Kremlin as the move could spark protests and with his impending return announcement, Mr Navalny appeared to have called Putin an Bluff Lyubov Sobol, a partner of Mr. Navalny, was jailed in Moscow for 48 hours in December and then released.
“The Kremlin has gone a long way in raising the stakes, greatly raising expectations that Navalni will be arrested that his failure to arrest will be viewed by conservatives and security officials as an expression of weakness.” Tatiana Stanovaya, an extraterrestrial scholar at Carnegie Moscow Center, said in a post on Telegram, “They expected him not to return.”
Opinion polls show Mr Navalni is Russia’s most prominent opposition figure, with more than tens of millions of online audiences in addition to free bases like Moscow and St. Peter. Sesberg and mass protests in Russia’s Far East and in Moscow over the past two years. Stressed the dissatisfaction of the confined society
“I ended up in Germany when I arrived in a critically ill box, for one reason they tried to kill me,” Nawalny wrote on Instagram. “Putin ordered me to kill, I screamed in the bunker and ordered the receiver. Use of him for everything to keep me from coming back. “