Alexei Navalny accuses Putin's Russia of Novichok attack

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said he believed Russia’s intelligence services had poisoned him with a Novichok nerve agent because authorities saw him as a threat ahead of next year’s parliamentary elections, Reuters reports.

“They understood that there were big, big problems threatening them ahead of elections for the State Duma,” Navalny said in a YouTube interview with a Russian blogger, his first video appearance since being discharged from a Berlin hospital.

The outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin emerged from a coma in early September after collapsing on a domestic flight in Siberia on August 20th.

German doctors say he was poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent, but the Kremlin has rejected any suggestion that Putin or the Russian authorities were responsible for Navalny’s condition.

Russia’s parliamentary elections are due to take place in September, although some media reports have suggested they could be brought forward to next spring.

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