The Russian politician, who was poisoned in August, has told Der Spiegel that Putin was behind the crime.

Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny has told the magazine that Russian President Vladimir Putin was behind his suspected poisoning in late August and claimed that he was not afraid.

The Russian politician was flown from Russia to Berlin in August after falling ill on a domestic flight. He received treatment in the Charite hospital for what Germany said was poisoning by a potentially deadly nerve agent before being discharged.

Navalny told Der Spiegel, I claim that Putin is behind the crime and I don’t have any other versions of what happened.

The West has demanded an explanation from the Kremlin, which has denied any involvement in the incident and said it still has to see evidence of a crime.

Navalny said of the moment that the nerve agent began to take effect on him, you don’t feel any pain but you know you’re dying.

Navalny told Der Spiegel he would return to Russia, My task is now to remain fearless. And I have no fear!

A political activist who helped bring Navalny to Germany said on September 24 it would take the Russian opposition leader at least another month to regain fitness. He also added that it was clear he planned to return to Russia and resume political activity.

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