There is no stronger version of the poison “Beginner”, and the statement about its existence is nonsense. This was reported by one of the developers of “Beginner” Leonid Rink, so he responded to the information published by the German magazine Der Spiegel. According to the information of the publication referring to German intelligence, in the body of the Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny revealed the presence of poison from the group “Novichok”, but “more severe form.
According to Rink, the substance he wrote about melts at higher temperatures and in normal conditions remains solid. “This, of course, was not “Novichok”,” concluded the expert.
Earlier Der Spiegel also reported that the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is involved in the investigation of what happened to Navalny. The organization delegation visited the Charite clinic in Berlin, where the patient was hospitalized. The OPCW staff received samples of his blood and urine.
On September 11 the prosecutor’s office in Berlin stated that it would transmit information about Navalny’s health condition to Russia only with his consent. The Russian side requested this information in an official request from the General Prosecutor’s Office to the Ministry of Justice of Germany. Later on Berlin office informed that it was not able to provide new data about condition of oppositionist yet, but did not explain the refusal in any way.
In the morning of August 20 Alexey Navalny felt ill on board a plane from Tomsk to Moscow, and the liner landed in Omsk. There, the opposition member was hospitalized in a local hospital. On August 22, the patient was transferred to the Berlin clinic. On September 10 it became known that Navalny fully recovered after he was taken out of a medical coma.