The Russian opposition leader Alexander Navalny, despite his recent poisoning, wants to return to Russia to continue his political mission. The recovering Kremlin critic spoke on Tuesday to a German public prosecutor, says The New York Times (NYT).
The 44-year-old opposition leader spoke to the prosecutor about the attack and his plans for the period after his recovery. Navalny is said to have been mentally sharp, according to the NYT. He does not intend to go into exile in Germany, said the German security source who spoke to the newspaper. He wants to return to Russia to continue his mission
Navalny is being treated in Berlins Charité hospital for the consequences of poisoning with a novice nerve poison. A German laboratory has previously established that this is the case. This was confirmed on Monday by a French and a Swedish laboratory.
The prominent critic of the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, was kept in an artificial coma until last week. It became known on Monday that Navalnys condition has improved to such an extent that he can now get out of bed for short periods of time.
In August, Aleksey Navalny was admitted in critical condition to the hospital in the Russian Omsk. He had suddenly become very ill on board a domestic flight. Even then, people from Navalnys surroundings claimed that the opposition leader had been poisoned. At the insistence of his family, friends and Western leaders, Navalny was taken by ambulance to Germany for treatment.