World UN experts blame Russia for the attempted assassination of Navalny
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RUSSIA-POLITICAL-NAVALNY-UN: UN experts blame Russia for the attempted assassination of Navalny
by Stephanie Nebehay
GENEVA (Reuters) - Two independent UN experts blamed Russia on Monday for the assassination attempt of the opponent Alexeï Navalny and demanded the opening of an international investigation into the causes of his poisoning by a nerve agent last August.
"We believe that the poisoning of Mr. Navalny in Novichok could have been deliberately carried out to send a clear and sinister warning that this would be the fate of anyone who criticizes and opposes the government," said Agnès Callamard, special rapporteur for the government. United Nations on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions, and Irene Khan, Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression.
Has Alexey Navalny moved on from his nationalist past?
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"Our conclusion is that Russia is responsible for the attempted poisoning of Mr. Navalny", declared Agnès Callamard during a press conference during which she presented the preliminary conclusions of their work.
Alexeï Navalny, opponent to President Vladimir Poutine, suffered a malaise on August 20 on board a plane between Siberia and Moscow. Hospitalized initially in Omsk, Siberia, he was transferred on August 22 to Germany, where doctors concluded that he had been poisoned in Novichok.
Video: A. Navalny transferred: the opponent imprisoned in a penal colony in Russia (France 24)
Russia denies any responsibility for his illness and says he has seen no proof of his illness. poisoning. Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, said Russia hoped the intervention of the UN rapporteurs would prompt Germany to release data that Moscow accused Berlin of withholding.
Russia: Navalny transferred from his prison to an unknown location
© Provided by Le Parisien Le Parisien Russian opponent Alexeï Navalny was transferred Thursday from his Moscow prison, where he had been imprisoned since his arrest on his return in Russia in mid-January, to an unknown destination, his team announced. "They did not tell anyone where he was transferred," one of his lawyers, Olga Mikhailova, told AFP, suggesting that he could have gone to the penal colony where he will serve a two-and-a-half-year sentence incarceration.
"We share the desire to establish the truth about this incident," Maria Zakharova said in a statement to Reuters.
Alexeï Navalny was arrested on his return to Russia on January 17 after almost five months of recovery in Germany. He was sentenced to two and a half years in prison on February 2 for violating his parole conditions in a previous case.
"In view of the inadequate response of the Russian authorities, the use of banned chemical weapons and the apparent pattern of targeted assassination attempts, we believe that an international investigation must be urgently carried out in order to establish the facts and to clarify all the circumstances of the poisoning of Mr. Navalny, "added the two UN rapporteurs.
"The use of Novichok violates Russia's commitments under the Chemical Weapons Convention. It was intended to kill Mr. Navalny and as such constitutes a violation of the ban on arbitrary killings."
Agnès Callamard and Irene Khan also published the contents of an official letter sent to Russian authorities in December 2020, claiming that if these allegations were confirmed, Russian officials could be held criminally responsible for the attempted murder of Alexei Navalny.
(Stephanie Nebehay and Vladimir Soldatkin, French version Laura Marchioro)
Navalny affair: From his cell, the Russian opponent gives reassuring news .
In a message posted on Instagram, Alexei Navalny declares: "All is well for me". His lawyer also confirms that he "is doing well" © Alexander Zemlianichenko / AP / SIPA Alexeï Navalny during his trial in Moscow on February 20, 2021. MESSAGE - In a message posted on Instagram, Alexeï Navalny declares: " everything's going well for me ". His lawyer also confirms that he is "doing well" Alexeï Navalny gives his news with rather reassuring words.