Coalition says Kremlin is using threats to discourage Navalny's repatriation

A close ally said the Kremlin was trying to intimidate opposition politician Alexei Navalny to discourage him from returning to Russia to campaign after refusing to be poisoned.

 
Coalition says Kremlin is using threats to discourage Navalny's repatriation

Since the 44-year-old died in Germany, where he was brought’ to Siberia for medical treatment after falling ill in August, Navalny's team says Russian bailiffs have frozen his bank accounts and He has taken the title in his flat.

 

The Kremlin has since accused Navalny of working with the US Central Intelligence Agency, forcing the pro-government Federal News Agency to report that Navalny could be guilty of treason.

 

"We see all sorts of threats from him: let's seize his apartment ... let's turn matters into state treason," Leonid Volkov, a senior member of Navalny's team, told Reuters.

 

"It's clear that these are all fake products designed to intimidate."

 

Navalny says he will return to Russia, and the Kremlin says he is free to do so. It has denied Navalny's allegations that President Vladimir Putin was behind his poisoning with a Novichok nerve agent.

 

Volkov said, "Until August 20, we could not have imagined that in modern Russia Putin could order Novelty to be poisoned with Novichok ... This is a new reality that we have to learn to live with. ۔ "

 

Navalny has complained for years that he has been barred’ from state media and has been subjected to legal action and bogus criminal investigations aimed at curbing his activities.

 

He is the subject of a criminal investigation into an insult to a World War II veteran who promoted constitutional reform through Putin. Last week, Eugene Prigozhin, a Kremlin-affiliated businessman announced new plans to prosecute Navalny for sedition.

 

Navalny had no doubts about returning home, Volkov said.

 

"Obviously they don't want him back. And that's why he's coming."


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