Navalny refused to cooperate with Russia in the investigation.

By | September 14, 2020
Navalny refused to cooperate with Russia in the investigation.

Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny refused to cooperate with the Russian side in a joint investigation proposed by Moscow and Berlin, the New York Times said, citing a senior German security official.
In early September, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that Germany could transfer data on Navalny to Russia, but as for the results of the investigation, it was personal data, permission for the transfer of which must be given by the person to whom it belongs.
“Navalny is still in the hospital under enhanced protection of the German police. During a conversation with a German prosecutor, he refused to grant Russia’s request for a joint investigation with Germany, a security officer (FRG) said,” the U.S. newspaper writes.
Navalny was hospitalized in Omsk on August 20 after he got sick on the plane. According to the results of examinations, Omsk doctors called a metabolic disorder, which caused a sharp change in blood sugar, the main diagnosis. It is still unclear what caused it, but according to Omsk doctors’ data, no poisons were found in Navalny’s blood and urine.
Later, the opposition member was airlifted to Germany. The German government then claimed, citing the military doctors, that Navalny had allegedly been poisoned with a substance from the group of poisonous warfare agents called Novichok. On Monday, the German Cabinet of Ministers said that the findings of German experts confirmed the laboratories of Sweden and France, while at the same time, at the request of Berlin, the OPCW is conducting its research. In this regard, the Kremlin said that Berlin had not informed Moscow about its findings, and the Russian Foreign Ministry stressed that Russia is waiting for a response from Germany to the official inquiry on this situation.
Even on the day of Navalny’s hospitalization, the prosecutor’s office and the police started their inspections. The RF embassy in Berlin said that they were waiting for the German side to respond as soon as possible to the inquiry of the RF Prosecutor General’s Office of August 27 about providing legal assistance in the Navalny case. RF SC has earlier sent a statement of Navalny’s supporters that the opposition member was allegedly attacked for inspection to Western-Siberian administration. Press-secretary of RF President Dmitry Peskov noted that de facto investigatory actions with regard to Navalny’s situation are going on, if the presence of a toxic substance is confirmed, the investigation will be opened and de jure.

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