President Vladimir Putin’s biggest critic accuses the Kremlin of trying to intimidate him so that he will not return to Russia.
Navalny, a prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin, was flown to Germany for treatment in August last year after collapsing on a plane in what Germany and other Western countries say is an attempt to kill him with nerve gas in Novichok.
Last month, the Russian Federal Prison Service (FSIN) ordered him to return immediately from Germany, where he is recovering, and to come to a Moscow office or imprison him if he fails to return in time.
She accused him of mocking a suspended sentence that he was serving due to a conviction dating back to 2014, and evading the supervision of the Russian Criminal Inspectorate.
Navalny said the original conviction was politically motivated.
And a database of the court showed, on Tuesday, that the authorities had requested the revocation of the suspended sentence, increasing the possibility of a prison sentence instead.
“Putin is so angry that I survived his poisoning that he ordered the FSIN to go to court and demand that the suspended prison sentence be changed to a real one,” Navalny wrote on Twitter.
His spokeswoman, Kira Yarmisch, accused Russian authorities of trying to intimidate Navalny so that he would not return to Russia, something he said he intended to do before the parliamentary elections scheduled for September 2021.
Russia said it saw no evidence that he was poisoned, and denied any attempt to harm him.
The Kremlin said Navalny is free to return to Russia at any time like any other Russian citizen.