World Kremlin critic Navalny's bank accounts frozen, apartment seized: spokeswoman
Navalny's team says nerve agent used to poison him found on hotel room bottle
Traces of the Novichok nerve agent used to poison Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny were found on a bottle in his hotel room in Siberia, his team said. The discovery suggests that Navalny was poisoned before he left the hotel and not at the airport, where they initially suspected he might have ingested the poison through a cup of tea.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny's bank accounts were frozen and his Moscow apartment seized under a lawsuit while he was recovering from a suspected poisoning in a Berlin hospital, his spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh said on Thursday.
"This means the flat cannot be sold, donated or mortgaged," Yarmysh said in a video posted on Twitter.
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Navalny was flown from Russia to Berlin last month after falling ill on a domestic flight in Siberia. The West has demanded an explanation from the Kremlin, which has denied any involvement in the incident and said it has yet to see evidence of a crime.
Yarmysh said Navalny's assets were seized on Aug. 27 due to a lawsuit filed by the Moscow Schoolchild catering company.
A Russian court in October 2019 ordered Navalny and his allies to pay $1.4 million in damages for libelling the Moscow Schoolchild catering company.
The court said Navalny, his Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) and ally Lyubov Sobol had caused Moscow Schoolchild moral damage and told his group to delete a video in which they had called into question the quality of its food.
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State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said foreign operators such as German intelligence agents may have poisoned the Kremlin critic.State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin linked the case of Navalny, who is being treated at the Charité hospital in Berlin, with the crisis in Belarus where Alexander Lukashenko faces a wave of discontent with protests following his disputed election victory.
"In total, the court decided to recover 88 million roubles ($1.14 million) from Navalny, Sobol and the FBK," said Yarmysh on Thursday. "This is the amount it estimates in lost profit for Moscow Schoolchild because of losing a contract to provide food."
(Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Writing by Alexander Marrow; Editing by John Stonestreet and Alex Richardson)
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Merkel visited Kremlin critic Navalny in hospital: Spiegel .
Merkel visited Kremlin critic Navalny in hospital: SpiegelCiting no sources, Spiegel said Merkel went to see Navalny in the Charite hospital, where he received treatment for 32 days, after being flown from Russia to Berlin last month after falling ill on a domestic flight.