sheji Halima">

Foreign

Poisoned dissident Navalny vows to return to Russia after recovery

Published

on

Russian dissident Alexei Navalny, recovering in Berlin after being near-fatally poisoned with a chemical weapon in Russia, on Thursday vowed to return to his homeland to continue supporting political opposition.

Navalny, speaking in a video filmed in a park in central Berlin, accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of being responsible for the poisoning and alleged that Putin has presided over an effort to cover up the crime.

“I confirm that I will return to Russia and continue my work.

“No other option has been considered,’’ Navalny said.

Navalny, 44, has for the past decade been one of Putin’s fiercest domestic critics, having organised several series of protests against the long-time Russian leader, whom he accuses of perpetuating entrenched corruption.

Russian authorities have conducted no full-fledged investigation into the poisoning because “whoever ordered this crime does not want it to be exposed, and I am sure that is Vladimir Putin,’’ Navalny said.

Navalny became violently ill on a domestic flight from the Siberian city of Tomsk en route to his home town, Moscow, on Aug. 20, and the plane made an emergency landing in the Siberian city of Omsk for him to be hospitalised.

Two days later, Navalny was medically evacuated on a German-operated flight to Berlin for him to be treated at the renowned Charite hospital.

Laboratories in Germany, France and Sweden have determined that he was poisoned with the Soviet-developed nerve agent Novichok.

The dissident had been in Tomsk to support opposition politicians, two of whom went on to be elected to the city legislature.

Navalny’s team has produced evidence that he was poisoned in his Tomsk hotel room.

Russian authorities have cast doubt on such claims and refused to conduct a full-fledged investigation, saying that an initial inquiry turned up no hard evidence of such a crime.

HS/

(
Edited By: Halima Sheji/Emmanuel Yashim)
Source: NAN

Lawmaker canvasses special status for Lagos Udala FC of Anambra wins AIFL Season 4 playoffs to emerge champions #EndSARS#: Lagos lawmaker urges youths to embrace peaceful resolution  NOSC reopens submission portal for IFF category of 93rd Academy Awards Lagos speaker advises youths to shun violence during protests Eid-el Maulud: Alli, Adegoke call for fervent prayers, peaceful coexistence Ekiti Govt. to assist own football club qualify for Premier League Eid-el Maulud: Nasarawa Speaker seeks prayers for end to national challenges 800,000 babies die of poor breastfeeding globally each year, says Health Commissioner Gov. Sanwo-Olu to launch reconstruction of Epe/Ibeju-Lekki expressway Nov. 1 Medical Tourism: Physician calls for improved welfare of health workers LASG approves re-opening of schools Nov. 2 Kwara Govt gives reasons for hitches in payment of October salaries Eid-el Maulud: Gbajabiamila, Wase congratulate Muslims, call for prayers Sharpen your skills to meet demands and requirements—- Asiegbu urges budding actors FG announces 2-day total closure of Third Mainland Bridge Police personnel in Oyo decry non-payment of Ondo election allowance Political scientists urge security agencies to imbibe international best practices  Eid Maulud : Group calls on Muslims to pray for peace in Nigeria Eid-El-Maulud: Northern Governors call for tolerance, love FRSC confirms death of 21 in old Enugu – Okigwe road accident Looting: FCTA takes steps to tackle youths restiveness -Minister #EndSARS: Ex-lawmaker seeks collaboration in rebuilding Lagos Ayine retires as Nigeria’s Auditor-General Maulud: Etsu Nupe urges Muslims to pray for peace, progress of Nigeria Post COVID-19: NSE tasks engineers on job creation, innovation Maulud: ACF urges youths to end violence, embrace peace Lagos lawmaker urges youths to support empowerment schemes CAFEi celebrates World Savings Day, promotes savings culture Eid-el-Maulud: Rep urges Muslims to preach peace Eid-el-Maulud: JNI urges Muslims to shun negative actions Enugu Health ministry mourns late commissioner Embrace dialogue, religious group urges youths Nigerians advise FG to use tracking system to identify disseminators of fake news Police recover additional 30 tractors looted in Adamawa Seme customs impound 7 ‘tokunbo’ vehicles, 396 bags of rice, during EndSARS protest EndSARS: NAICOM to ensure prompt claims settlement by insurers Gov. Sule to give priority to Technical Education CBN releases framework for N75bn youth investment fund S/African NGO urges Senate to hold public hearing on Lekki shootings Kano Govt directs private schools to slash 3rd Term fees Fire gutted 18 rooms, 8 toilets in Kano Nursing School Eid-el-Maulud Celebration: FCT minister wants Muslims to adhere to principle of peace Eid-el-Maulud: Reps minority caucus admonishes leaders to foster peace, unity Gov. Wike signs Executive Order proscribing IPOB in Rivers Eid-el-Maulud celebration: Gov. Mohammed urges Muslims to pray for peace Lampard to discuss penalty kick duties with his players after another Jorginho miss Bale ready to fly, Mourinho says Eid-el-Maulud: FRSC boss urges Muslims to emulate Prophet Muhammad COVID-19: Nigeria records 4 deaths , 147 new infections