Opposition leader says he plans to fly back from Germany on Sunday despite risk of jail term

Russia’s opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, has said he will return to the country five months after falling victim to a suspected FSB poisoning, risking his own freedom to issue a direct challenge to the Kremlin.

Navalny, who has been recovering in Berlin since he was targeted in August with a novichok-style poison, said he planned to fly back to Russia on Sunday despite clear signs that Moscow is searching for a pretext to jail him.

Born in 1976 just outside Moscow, Alexei Navalny is a lawyer-turned-campaigner whose Anti-Corruption Foundation investigates the wealth of Vladimir Putin’s inner circle. 

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