World Poisoning of Alexeï Navalny: the EU sanctions six relatives of Vladimir Poutine
Navalny demands his clothes back from Russian authorities, says it's 'vital evidence'
Russian opposition politician Alexey Navalny, who is currently recovering from a near-fatal suspected poisoning, has demanded that Russian authorities return the clothes he wore on the day he fell ill on a plane from Siberia to Moscow.Navalny is currently being treated at Berlin's Charite Hospital, after becoming gravely unwell on a flight from the Siberian city of Tomsk to Moscow a month ago.
The European Union on Thursday sanctioned several members of the Russian presidential administration close to President Vladimir Poutine. Brussels found them responsible for the poisoning in Russia of the opponent Alexeï Navalny. After falling seriously ill on a plane on August 20, he is currently recovering in Germany.
The European Union (EU) on Thursday (October 15) imposed sanctions on six close to Russian President Vladimir Putin, freezing their assets and prohibiting them from traveling. These sanctions were pronounced in response toin August 2020.
Novichok found on water bottle suggests Russia's Navalny poisoned before he went to airport, aides say
Traces of poison were found on a bottle of water from the hotel room in Siberia where Alexey Navalny stayed before falling ill, the Russian opposition politician's team said Thursday.Traces of poison were found on a bottle of water from the hotel room in Siberia where Alexey Navalny stayed before falling ill, the Russian opposition politician's team said Thursday.
Afterand his daughter Yulia in March 2018 in England, it had taken nearly a year for the Europeans to sanction Russian military intelligence agents.
This time, pushed by France and Germany, the European Union reacted very quickly. In addition, the sanctions target members of the first circle, including Andrei Yarine, head of the internal affairs department of the presidential administration, and his first deputy, Sergei Kirienko, specifies.
"Harassment" and "repression"
Stressing that the opponent has been "the target of systematic acts of harassment and repression by state and judicial actors in the Russian Federation [and that the Novichok] is only accessible to 'to state authorities of the Russian Federation ", Europeans believe that" it is reasonable to conclude that the poisoning of Alexey Navalny was only possible with the consent of the presidential administration ".
Alexei Navalny posted a video showing bottles of water that he says were tainted with poison to try and kill him
Navalny, a top critic of Vladimir Putin, fell ill on August 20. German doctors have since confirmed he was poisoned with Novichok nerve agent.On August 20, Navalny fell ill on a flight from Tomsk, Siberia, to Moscow. The plane made an emergency landing in Omsk, Siberia, and Navalny was taken to hospital.
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The director of the federal security service, Alexander Bortnikov, the representative of Putin in Siberia Sergei Meniaïlo and two deputy defense ministers, Pavel Popov and Aleksei Krivoroutchko.
The State Scientific Research Institute for Organic Chemistry and Technology (GosNIIOKhT), responsible for the destruction of stockpiles of chemical weapons inherited from the Soviet Union, is also listed as legal persons .
The United Kingdom has at the same time announced sanctions against the director of the FSB, the Russian Federal Security Service, Alexander Bortnikov.
"The United Kingdom and its partners agree that there was no other plausible explanation for the poisoning of Mr Navalny than the involvement and responsibility of Russia", explained the British diplomacy in a communicated.
Putin critic Alexei Navalny able to leave bed as he recovers from poisoning
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has recovered from a poisoning enough that he can now briefly leave his bed, according to the Berlin hospital where he is being treated. © Provided by Washington Examiner Navalny, one of Russia's most outspoken critics of President Vladimir Putin, was flown to Germany two days after he fell ill in August on a domestic flight in Russia and remains at Berlin's Charite hospital. Berlin has called on Russia to investigate the case.
For its part, Italy expects from Russia "a thorough investigation which clarifies as quickly as possible" the circumstances of the poisoning of Alexeï Navalny, declared the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Luigi Di Maio, in an interview published Thursday by the daily La Repubblica.
Moscow intends to retaliate
In Moscow, the Kremlin denounced "unfriendly" measures which will not go unanswered. Russian presidency spokesman Dmitry Peskov added that there was no logic in the Europeans' decision.
"With this decision, the Council of the EU is damaging relations with our country," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, announcing that Moscow's response "will be in the interests of Russia".
"We can only regret this decision which makes relations between the EU and Moscow dependent on a person considered in Europe as the leader of an opposition", underlined Dmitry Peskov, in reference to Alexeï Navalny, bête noire of the Kremlin, the spokesperson of which never mentions the name.
The Russian opponent Alexeï Navalny was hospitalized on August 20 in serious condition in Omsk, Siberia, then transferred two days later to the Charité hospital in Berlin.after 32 days of hospitalization, 24 of which were in a coma.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) confirmed that Alexey Navalny had indeed been poisoned by a nerve agent from the Novichok group, a substance designed by Soviet specialists for military purposes. For its part, Germany has concluded that it has been poisoned using an innervating agent of the family of this neurotoxic poison.
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