According to Reuters, Russia has said it has no evidence of Navalny poisoning and has denied any involvement in the incident.
The Russian Federal Prison Service (FSIN) on Monday accused Navalny of violating the terms of his suspended sentence – which is still pending since his 2014 conviction – and of escaping Russian criminal inspection oversight.
The FSIN reported, citing an article in the British medical journal The Lancet about Navalny’s treatment, that Navalny was released from a hospital in Berlin on September 20 and that all the symptoms of what he called his illness had disappeared by October 12.
The Federal Prison Service of Russia stated that “therefore, the convicted person does not fulfill all the obligations imposed on him by the court and evades the supervision of the Criminal Investigation Organization.”
Navalny is serving a three-and-a-half-year suspended sentence for robbery, which he says is politically motivated. His parole expires on December 30.
The prison service said in a statement late Monday that it had summoned Navalny to report to the inspector, and that his suspended sentence could be commuted to the actual prison sentence if proven wrong.
The prison service did not specify a date, but Navalny released a screenshot of a message sent to his lawyer stating that Navalny had until 9 a.m. Tuesday to return to a Moscow office.
Navalny’s spokeswoman Kra Yarmish wrote on Twitter that it was impossible for Navalny to return in time and that he was still recovering from his poisoning. He also accused the Russian prison service of following the Kremlin’s orders.
“There is no way Navalny can appear in the Moscow criminal court tomorrow,” he tweeted. But does the Russian Federal Prison Service care about common sense? They have been instructed and are following it.
The Kremlin has said Navalny is free to return to Russia whenever he wants as a Russian citizen.