Alexei Navalny is determined, as always, to fight what he sees as corruption in his native Russia.
Russia’s opposition leader recently survived an assassination attempt where he was believed to have been poisoned. This was the last and most serious threat to his life.
The 44-year-old fell ill during a trade flight in his homeland. The plane made an emergency landing in Siberia, where he was hospitalized for two days while the Russian government allowed Navalny to travel to a Berlin hospital by air ambulance.
An outspoken Kremlin critic told 60 Minutes correspondent Leslie Stahl that he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin was responsible for his poisoning.
“[There is a] a huge covert operation, “Navalny told Stahl.” So far there is no criminal investigation. If Putin is not responsible, why is there no investigation? “
Toxicological reports from laboratories in France and Sweden confirm the findings of the German military laboratory that Navalny was poisoned by the military class Novichok, a nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union at the end of the Cold War.
“There is no doubt that Mr Navalny was poisoned with the help of a military nerve agent from the Novice group,” said NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.
The Russian government has denied any violations.
In 2017, when Stahl first interviewed Navalny for 60 minutes, she asked him if the movement he led was worth risking his life.
“I try not to think about it,” Navalny said 60 minutes into 2017. “Because look, I think I’m willing to sacrifice everything for my work and for the people who [are] surrounds me. I’m not [going to] disappoint them. And I try not to think about it all the time. “
Stahl asked the same question to Navalny after the attack on August 20 this year.
“I feel even more [strongly] and I feel like they’re trying to do that [assassination] experience and now, from my experience, it’s not theoretical for me … whether they will try to kill me, “Navalny told Stahl in their last interview.” Do I feel any fear? Will I quit my job because they are trying to kill me? Now from my experience, personal experience, I just now know that I do not feel any fear. And I’m ready to keep working. “
Navalny told Stahl that the Kremlin was doing everything in its power to prevent him from returning to Russia. He plans to return.
The video above was produced by Keith Zubrow and Sarah Shaffer Prediger. Edited by Sarah Shaffer Prediger.