THE Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s widow has warned that Russian President Vladimir Putin is unpredictablesaying that the possibility of using nuclear weapons at some point cannot be ruled out.

“We don’t know what to expect from him,” she said Yulia Navalnaya to the German agency (dpa). “He probably would.”

Navalny compared the question to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, saying she did not expect Putin to go on the attack then, given the strong ties between the two countries. “Yet he decided to do it. It terrifies people, keeps them in fear. Nobody knows what Putin will do next.” Putin invaded Ukraine in February 2022.

Navalnya also said that she is not sure that Putin really has a “strong strategy”.

She also commented on the recent arrests of several suspected Russian spies in Europe, saying they are yet another indication that Putin has long been waging war in Europe’s heartland, using any means necessary.

“Putin didn’t just start now, he’s been doing this from the beginning. He starts wars, kills his opponents,” said Navalnaya, adding that their existence does not surprise her. “I have always believed that there are many Russian spies in Europe. Russian spies, it’s obvious.”