Alexey Navalny is determined to fight the corruption he sees in his native Russia.
Russia’s opposition leader recently survived an assassination attempt in which he is believed to have been poisoned. This is the latest and most serious threat to his life.
The 44-year-old fell ill while on a commercial flight within his home country. The plane made an emergency landing in Siberia, where he remained hospitalized for two days until the Russian government allowed Navalny to travel to a hospital in Berlin by air ambulance.
Kremlin critics told 60-minute reporter Lesley Stahl that he believes Russian president Vladimir Putin is responsible for his poisoning.
“[There is a] enormous covering operation, “Navalny told Stahl.” There is no crime investigation yet. If Putin is not responsible, why is there no investigation? “
Toxicology reports from labs in France and Sweden confirm the findings of the German Military lab that Navalny was poisoned by military grade Novichok, a nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union at the end of the Cold War.
“There is clear evidence that Mr. Navalny was poisoned using a military-grade nerve agent from the Novichok group,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said.
The Russian government denies any wrongdoing.
In 2017, when Stahl first interviewed Navalny for 60 Minutes, he asked her if the movement she led was worth the risk in her life.
“I try not to think about it,” Navalny said at 60 Minutes in 2017. “Because look, I think I’m willing to sacrifice everything for my job and for the people. [are] surrounding me. not me [going to] let them And I try not to reflect it always. “
Stahl asked Navalny the same question after the August 20 assassination attempt this year.
“I feel better [strongly] and I feel like they are trying to do it [assassination] attempt and now, from my experience it is not a theoretical for me … if they try to kill me, “Navalny told Stahl in their latest interview.” Do I feel scared? Will I quit my job because they are trying to kill me? Now from my experience, personal experience, I just now know that I felt no fear. And I am ready to continue working. “
Navalny told Stahl that the Kremlin was doing everything they could to prevent him from returning to Russia. He plans to return.
The video above was made by Keith Zubrow and Sarah Shafer Prediger. This was edited by Sarah Shafer Prediger.