Russian opposition member Alexei Navalny may have been poisoned before boarding a plane in Russia. Navalny’s team reports on his Instagram-page that traces of poison were found on a water bottle from the hotel room where Navalny stayed before his flight.
Navalny fell ill during a flight to Moscow
Shortly after Navalny became ill, it was thought that he had ingested poison at the airport or during his flight, for example through a plastic cup. Two weeks after the poisoning, however, a German laboratory is said to have found the nerve poison novichok in a water bottle that Navalny’s team had removed from his hotel room.
Navalny’s team says on Instagram that they have taken everything out of the hotel room that may be of importance to the investigation. Part of this team had stayed behind in Tomsk to finish a video for Navalny.
The items have been transferred to Germany. “It was quite clear that the case would not be investigated in Russia,” the team said. Russia says it needs more medical data from Navalny to be able to start an investigation.
German doctors found traces of the nerve poison novichok in Navalny’s body. The same poison was used against Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in 2018.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has taken samples for its own research. The organization put novichok on the list of banned toxins in January 2019.
Navalny fell seriously ill on August 20 during a flight from the Siberian city of Tomsk to Moscow. It was soon talked about a possible poisoning. The Russian doctors who treated him contradicted that claim.
At the request of his family, Navalny was transferred to Germany, where he has been treated ever since. Earlier this week it was announced that he can walk small distances again and no longer needs to be ventilated.