German experts found traces of the poisonous substance in the blood, skin and urine of Alexei Navalny, Der Spiegel reported citing sources.
It is noted that the poison was also found on the blogger’s bottle. Relatives of the Navalny kept it and handed it over to the experts. It is assumed that he drank water after the “poisoning”.”
Navalny was hospitalized in Omsk on August 20 after he became ill on a plane on his way to Moscow. He fell into a coma. Russian doctors diagnosed a metabolic disorder that caused a sharp drop in blood sugar. The cause of this condition was not found out, but the poisons in the blood and urine of the blogger were not found. A couple of days later, at the request of his relatives, he was transferred to the Berlin clinic “Charite” where they said that the Russian was poisoned with “substance from the group of cholinesterase inhibitors”.
This week, the German government reported that Navalny was allegedly poisoned with a nerve agent from the group “Novice” of nerve-paralytic action. Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told RIA Novosti that Berlin had not informed Moscow of its findings, so the Kremlin has no data. He recalled that Russian specialists also tested different versions, but at the same time did not identify poisonous substances in the blogger’s body.
The Russian Foreign Ministry called the haste, with which the U.S. and the European Union picked up the version of poisoning, called suspicious. Diplomats admitted that the statement about the poisoning is intended to justify some pre-prepared “response measures”.Scientist Leonid Rink, who participated in the development of “Newcomer”, told RIA Novosti that the symptoms of Navalny are completely different from those that occur when poisoning with this toxin. He called the attempts to link the Russian’s condition with “Novice”” “political nonsense”. The expert noted that samples that could confirm “poisoning” will not be provided to Russia.
In addition, the belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko said at a meeting with Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustyn that Minsk had intercepted a conversation between Warsaw and Berlin, which refutes the allegations of poisoning of the blogger. He promised that he would give the Russian side a transcript of this “interesting dialogue,” which clearly shows that it is a falsification.”