Opposition leader Alexei Navalny believes Russia’s intelligence services have poisoned him, as Kremlin officials see him as a threat to next year’s parliamentary elections. He says Russia’s top officials are realizing that they are facing major election problems.
This is what Navalní said in an interview with a Russian blogger published on Youtube and Reuters news agency has written about it. This was the first time a video of him appeared since he was discharged from the hospital.
Navalny was seriously injured in a plane crash in Russia on August 20. He fell into a coma and his family immediately suspected that he had been poisoned. A few days later, Navalny was taken to a hospital in Berlin. Experts in Germany say he was poisoned by Novichok, a neurotoxin developed in the Soviet Union.
Scientists in Sweden and France came to the same conclusion. However, Putin’s government has denied the allegations in a statement issued Friday stating “Similar, baseless allegations concerning Putin’s government have been made more than once.
Navalny has previously said he is convinced that Russian President Vladimir Putin was behind the poisoning.
In the aforementioned interview, Navalny said that he did not know how he had been poisoned, but there have been reports of some theories and statements in those matters. He now said it was possible that he had touched something that had been put on the poison, as was done with Sergei Skripal.
Navalny also said that he expected his recovery process to take another two months and he held out his hand to show that she was shaking. He said he was now in physical therapy and his health had improved significantly. Doctors were amazed at his rapid recovery.