Recurring disinformation narrative about the poisoning of Alexei Navalny, a prominent Russian opposition figure.
The disinformation message clearly refers to the Navalny case, though it does not mention him by name. It is not true that no evidence has been provided to Russia about the use of Novichok in Navalny poisoning. And it is not true that Russia is ready to investigate the alleged use of Novichok.
Navalny fell ill during a flight from Siberia to Moscow on the 20th of August. He was initially hospitalised in Omsk, but shortly afterwards, at the request of his family, he was transferred to Charité hospital in Berlin, where clinical findings indicated that he was poisoned with a substance from the group of cholinesterase inhibitors. Subsequent toxicological tests provided unequivocal evidence of a chemical nerve agent of the Novichok group in the blood samples of Navalny.
Additionally, Navalny's poisoning with a Novichok-type agent has been solidly established and later independently corroborated by labs in France and Sweden, and finally confirmed by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), of which the Russian Federation is a member. The OPCW identified the toxin as a cholinesterase inhibitor structurally resembling the known Novichok variants.
The OPCW received on 1 October 2020 a request from the Russian Federation to consider dispatching experts from the Technical Secretariat to the Russian Federation in order to cooperate with Russian experts. OPCW Director-General Fernando Arias, responded to this request assuring Russian Federation authorities that the Technical Secretariat is ready to provide the requested expertise and that a team of experts could be deployed on short notice.
Germany has responded to past Russian calls for Navalny's medical samples by saying that Russia should already have all it needs after its initial treatment of the dissident. German authorities also informed Russia via diplomatic channels on the progress of the investigation. On September 11, 2020 Berlin’s Justice Ministry approved a request from Moscow for legal assistance in the investigation and information on Navalny’s state of health, “subject to his consent ”.
Several months after the incident, Russian authorities have yet not initiated any kind of investigation into the incident. Russian prosecutors declared at an early stage, that nothing pointed at any criminal case behind Navalny’s condition.
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