The German government says there is “unequivocal evidence” that Alexei Navalny was poisoned by the neurotoxin Novitsjok.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny (44) was exposed to a Novitsjok-type neurotoxin, the German government said in a statement. websites.
– A toxicological test of samples from Alexei Navalny provides clear evidence of a chemical neurotoxin from the Novitsjok group, the German government writes.
– States and terrorist
– For Russians who know the history of their country, about how the authorities behave towards those who criticize them, this news came as expected, says Polina Kostyleva, one of Navalny’s closest associates, to VG.
– The state is a terrorist against those who have a dissenting opinion, Kostyleva says.
Condemns the attack
The German government calls the attack “a sensational incident”.
– The German government condemns this attack in the strongest possible way. The Russian government is urged to explain itself, the statement said.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Wednesday called on Russia to investigate the nerve agent attack on Alexei Navalny.
“This makes it urgent that those in Russia who are behind it are identified and held accountable,” said the Foreign Minister, according to Reuters.
Novitsjok is a series of very strong neurotoxins developed in the Soviet Union and Russia in the years 1971–1993. Novitsjok is lethal even at very low concentrations.
The doctors in Omsk, where Navalny was first treated, claimed that they did not find toxins in the samples from the regime critic.
Steffen Seibert, who is Prime Minister Angela Merkel’s spokesperson, says in a statement that the investigations were done in a special military laboratory, writes NTB.
The Russian attorney general asked on Tuesday to get the results of Navalny’s analyzes at the German hospital, wrote rbc.ru.
– No, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov answers RIA Novostis question whether the Russians have received this information from the German side.
Alexei Navalny has been one of Vladimir Putin’s most prominent critics for many years. He became seriously ill on a plane in Siberia about a week ago.
He was admitted to a hospital in Omsk, Russia, but later flew to Berlin. He is still in a coma at a hospital in the city, but his condition should be stable and have improved somewhat.
Navalny’s collaborator Polina Kostyleva compares him to Boris Nemtsov, who was the leader of the opposition until he was shot and killed in 2015.
“In the same way that they did not want the charismatic Nemtsov, who had the ability to create an alternative to Putin, Navalny has become this alternative now,” says Kostyleva.
She also withdraws the mass protests against the dictator in Belarus.
“Putin has seen the threat through the demonstrations against Lukashenko and fears that the same thing could happen here in Russia,” Kostyleva said.
She adds that poisoning is not new in Russia.
The same substance that Skripal was poisoned with
It was this type of nerve poison that the retired Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal (69) and his daughter Julia (36) were poisoned with in England on March 4, 2018.
Skripal was convicted of selling Russian secrets to Britain in 2006, and two Russian men were suspected by British police of being behind the poisoning.
According to British authorities, the two, Aleksandr Petrov and Ruslan Bosjirov, worked for the Russian security service GRU.
With them from Russia, they are said to have had a specially made perfume bottle of type Nina Ricci’s Jour Perfume, filled with the nerve gas Novitsjok, according to British police.
Father and daughter were found unconscious on a park bench in Salisbury.
Both survived the attack.