Alexei Navalny is more determined than ever to fight corruption in his native Russia.
Recently, a Russian opposition leader survived an assassination attempt where he was believed to have been poisoned. This was the last and most serious threat to his life.
A 44-year-old boy fell ill during a commercial flight within his country. The plane made an emergency landing in Siberia, where it was hospitalized for two days until 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 cover-up operation, ”Navalny told Stahl. – There is currently no criminal investigation. If Putin is not responsible, why is there no investigation? “
Toxicology reports from laboratories in France and Sweden confirmed the findings of a German military laboratory that Navalny had been poisoned by the Novichok military agent, 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 Novichok group,” said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
The Russian government has denied any wrongdoing.
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 told 60 Minutes in 2017. “Because, I think, I’m ready to sacrifice everything for my work and for the people who [are] surrounding me. I do not [going to] bring them down. And I try not to think about it all the time. “
Stal asked Navalny the same question after the assassination attempt on August 20 this year.
“I feel even more [strongly] and I feel like they’re trying to do it [assassination] and now, in my experience, it’s not theoretical for me … if they try to kill me, “Navalny Stahl said in his latest 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 fear. And I’m ready to keep working. “
Navalny told Stahl that the Kremlin was doing everything in their power to prevent him from returning to Russia. He plans to go back.
The video above was produced by Keith Zubrow and Sarah Schaefer Prediger. It was edited by Sarah Schaefer Prediger.