The Berlin doctors who treated Alexei Navalny released the clinical details of his Novichok poisoning on Wednesday. The Russian opponent welcomes the publication of this medical “evidence” that Moscow has been demanding for months.
“Serious poisoning with a cholinesterase inhibitor has been diagnosed at Charité,” explain the scientists in this four-page article in The Lancet which traces for the first time the symptoms triggered by the nerve agent of the Novichok group developed by the USSR in the 1980s.
According to the article published with the consent of Alexei Navalny, the Russian opponent, after the appearance of his first symptoms, fell into a coma, his heart rate slowed sharply, and his body temperature fell to 33 , 5 degrees Celsius.
“The verification of the involvement of a Novichok agent (…) was only carried out several days after having established the diagnosis of poisoning (…) and did not affect the treatment decisions”, continue -they.
“His good state of health before the poisoning probably favored his recovery”, explain the scientists, contradicting the conclusions of the Russian doctors who for a time questioned the hygiene of life and the general state of health of Alexei Navalny .
Alexei Navalny fell seriously ill on a plane in Siberia
A fierce critic of Vladimir Putin’s regime, Alexei Navalny fell seriously ill on August 20 on a plane in Siberia while campaigning for local and regional polls.
After being treated in a Siberian hospital, he was transferred to the Berlin Charité Hospital from where he was released a few weeks later.
Since then, he accuses the Russian secret services of having been behind the attempt to assassinate him, allegations deemed “delusional” by Moscow, which has so far denied that he was poisoned, for lack of access to evidence. intoxication.
Alexei Navalny reacted ironically to this on his Facebook account on Wednesday: “The most important thing is that Vladimir Putin is relieved. At every press conference he would exclaim, waving his hands, “When will the Germans give us their data?” (…) It doesn’t matter anymore, medical data is now published and available to the whole world “.
The European Union had demanded an explanation from Moscow and taken sanctions to which Russia responded on Tuesday with countermeasures.
Navalny tricked the spy who tried to kill him
After the trap set for an FSB agent by Alexei Navalny, German doctors publish the substance with which he was poisoned.
Alexei Navalny said on Monday, December 21, that he had tricked a Russian security service (FSB) agent on the phone to make him admit that he had indeed been the victim of poisoning this summer in Siberia.
The Russian opponent, the archenemy of the Kremlin, who posted the conversation on his blog, says he disguised his phone number and introduced himself as an assistant to the Secretary of the Russian Security Council and close to Vladimir Putin, Nikolai Patrushv.
He thus allegedly made Konstantin Kudriavtsev, presented as a chemical weapons expert working for the FSB, believe that he needed his testimony in order to write a report on the opponent’s assassination attempt.
Alexei Navalny does not provide proof of the identity of his interlocutor, indicating in his blog that any vocal expertise will prove that it is indeed Konstantin Kudriavtsev. Russian authorities did not immediately react to this publication.
During the conversation Navalny and his interlocutor broached several subjects, including the emergency landing of the plane on board which the Russian opponent was on board at the time of his discomfort, the toxic agent which would have been used against him as well as ‘other details of the suspected poisoning.
“If he had flown a little longer and hadn’t landed suddenly, maybe everything would have turned out differently,” said the man introduced as Konstantin Kudriavtsev, according to audio and video broadcast by Alexei Navalny.
If the Russian authorities did not react immediately to this broadcast, the Federal Security Service considered that the video published by Navalny was a “falsification” and qualified this investigation into his alleged poisoning as “provocation”.
On December 14, several media outlets, including Bellingcat, the American CNN and the German Der Spiegel published an investigation accusing Russian special services chemical weapons experts of spinning opponent Alexei Navalny, including the day of his alleged poisoning.
Russia has repeatedly denied that the opponent was poisoned in Tomsk on August 20 and claimed that the Novitchok-type toxic substance detected by Western laboratories after his hospitalization in Germany was not present in his body when he was treated in Russia.
Bellingcat has published the names and portraits of these men portrayed as chemical specialists. They have been providing a regular spinning of the Russian opponent since 2017, according to this source who analyzed amount of data leaked online in Russia. However, the article does not establish any direct contact between these agents and the opponent, nor evidence of a passage to the deed or a given order.
“I know who wanted to kill me, I know where they live, I know where they work, I know their real names, I know their aliases and I have their photos,” Navalny responded in detail. the media investigation on his blog.
Alexei Navalny’s interlocutor hints that he did not participate in the poisoning itself, but in the destruction of evidence a posteriori.
The opponent obtained, he said, the agent’s phone number via the English investigation site Bellingcat, which published on December 14, with several media, an investigation claiming to identify eight FSB agents, including Konstantin Koudriavtsev , involved in a spinning of the opponent for years.
Alexei Navalny claims to have called, in collaboration with Bellingcat, all these people but they all hung up quickly, right up to the conversation with Konstantin Koudriavtsev.
These calls took place a few hours before the publication of the English site’s survey.
Asked about this first investigation on December 17, Vladimir Putin had hinted that Alexei Navalny was being watched, but denied any poisoning, believing that if Russian agents had wanted to kill him, he would have died.
According to the versions, the Russian authorities have in the past rejected any poisoning or sometimes accused the Western secret services, Alexei Navalny’s relatives or the opponent himself of being the perpetrators.
Moscow refuses to open a criminal investigation into the case, saying it has no evidence of a crime and arguing that Germany has refused to forward its files to Russia.
Bellingcat has repeatedly identified in recent years, through data collected online, alleged agents involved in Russian special services operations, accusations still rejected by Moscow.
Among other things, the site published the names of Russian military intelligence men responsible for the poisoning in England in Novitchok of a former double agent, Sergei Skripal.
On August 20, 2020, Alexei Navalny was placed in intensive care in a serious condition in a hospital in Siberia after feeling unwell on a plane. In a coma, he is transferred to a hospital in Berlin, where German doctors believe he has “signs of poisoning” as a suspect.
- Where is the emergency doctor?
- where was the captain and co-pilot of the plane in which Alexei Navalny was?
- where did the agents fail and why?
- Why doesn’t Putin provide the list of destroyed chemicals?
- why did the hospital oppose the transfer?
- how can a spy agent make a mistake in his mission?
After these conclusions, we can see that the services were not ready to kill Putin’s opponent, but to make him leave the country.