Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny said he believed Russia’s intelligence services had poisoned him because authorities saw him as a threat ahead of next year’s parliamentary elections.
“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.
Navalny said his health had improved. He added he was undergoing physical therapy.
The Kremlin has rejected any suggestion that Putin or the Russian authorities were responsible for Navalny’s condition.