The poisoned Russian opponent Alexeï Navalny assured to get better and better and give himself a few months before returning to Russia, in an interview with a famous YouTuber and broadcast on Tuesday.
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“My hands are shaking, if I take a bottle of water it’ll be fun, but I’m really much better,” he said at the start of the interview, the first one granted by the lawyer and 44-year-old anti-corruption activist to a Russian journalist since he was released from the Berlin hospital where he was being treated.
“There was a really unpleasant period, when I was just starting to get out of bed (…) Then I recovered quite quickly,” continued the opponent.
Asked about the duration of his convalescence in Germany, Mr. Navalny replied that he did not know. “I ask the doctors how long I will need for my hands to stop shaking: they say they have little experience on this subject,” he said in reference to Novichok.
“One year, I almost exclude it. But two months, it is quite possible, “he added, ensuring” totally exclude “the idea of not returning to Russia.
Three European laboratories have concluded that it was poisoned with a Novichok-type nerve agent, designed for military purposes in Soviet times and whose effects on humans are little known.
A fierce critic of the Kremlin, Alexeï Navalny fell seriously ill on August 20 on a plane in Siberia, while he was on an election campaign before local and regional elections held in early September.
The opponent again accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of being behind his poisoning, via the secret service. “My version is that they were officers of the FSB (internal intelligence services) or the SVR (external intelligence service) on orders of course, certainly from Putin,” he said.
Alexeï Navalny was released at the end of September from the Berlin Charité hospital, where he was treated for a month, and currently resides in Germany with his wife and son.