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World Novichok found on water bottle suggests Russia's Navalny poisoned before he went to airport, aides say

10:00  08 october  2020
10:00  08 october  2020 Source:   cnn.com

Putin Tried to Poison Me, Says Alexei Navalny, as Kremlin Accuses Him of Working with CIA

  Putin Tried to Poison Me, Says Alexei Navalny, as Kremlin Accuses Him of Working with CIA The Russian opposition campaigner told Der Spiegel Vladimir Putin was behind his Novichok attack, which the Kremlin has dismissed.The anti-corruption campaigner spent 16 days in a coma after he fell ill on a flight on August 20. He had been transferred from a hospital in the Siberian city of Omsk to Charité hospital in Berlin. He is now recovering in the German capital.

Traces of poison were found on a bottle of water from the hotel room in Siberia where Alexey Navalny "Now we understand: this was done before he left his room to go to the airport ," the On Tuesday Russia said it had "eliminated" all warfare agents, including Novichok , according to state

Traces of the nerve agent allegedly used to poison Russian politician Alexei Navalny were found on a bottle in the hotel room where he stayed before falling ill, his team Germany says he was poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent. It was previously thought that he might have been targeted at the airport .

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.

Alexei Navalny holding a blue umbrella: Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in Moscow, Russia on February 24, 2019 © Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in Moscow, Russia on February 24, 2019

Despite this, a member of Navalny's team told CNN that the water bottle was not necessarily the item used to poison the Kremlin critic, suggesting the substance could have been placed on a different object.

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  Putin's attempt to explain away the poisoning of Alexei Navalny to France failed badly and helped unite Europe against him, intelligence sources say A French security official said that a phone call in which Vladimir Putin attempted to claim that Alexei Navalny poisoned himself was a disaster.According to French media, Putin spoke with his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, last week about Navalny, who was poisoned with the novichok nerve agent in late August, and was evacuated to Europe for treatment.

The nerve agent used to poison Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny was detected on an empty water bottle from his hotel room in the Siberian city of Tomsk, suggesting he was poisoned there and not at the airport Now we understand: it was done before he left his hotel room to go to the airport .”

Traces of poison found on water bottle recovered from Navalny ’ s hotel room, allies say . Germany later announced that Navalny had been poisoned with a nerve agent similar to Novichok , citing Novichok , a class of chemical weapons developed by the former Soviet Union and Russia , was used

"As we understand, the bottle was not the source of this poisonous substance but more likely as he drank from it ... his mouth ... left traces of [the poison] on the bottle," Georgy Alburov, who works at Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation, said.

"We are guided by what the experts have said, which is that there was a small amount [of the substance], most likely just a trace of it [on the bottle]," he added.

The German government has said Navalny was poisoned with a chemical agent from the Novichok group, a conclusion supported by two other labs in France and Sweden.

Navalny fell ill on August 20, on a flight from Tomsk to Moscow. Alburov said he had remained in the Siberian city with several colleagues for an extra day to finish an investigative report on a local official.

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The plastic water bottle , Mr. Navalny ’ s team and German investigators say , eventually helped German military scientists determine that the opposition leader had been poisoned with a class of chemical weapon called a Novichok , a Soviet-designed poison that Russian operatives have used in at least

Aides of Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny said Thursday that German experts found Novichok nerve agent on a water bottle taken from the hotel room where he stayed before being taken ill. The bottle appears to have been key evidence for Germany' s conclusion that the 44-year-old

He said news of Navalny's condition reached the group while they were having breakfast in the hotel, and that he and his colleagues then managed to get access to the Kremlin critic's room to collect his personal items before it was cleaned.

"Just knowing the political history of Russia and knowing the state of Alexey's health, it could not have been anything else but poisoning," Alburov said.

"So our first thought was that we must preserve the maximum of what could have something to do with the poisoning, specifically items from his room," he added.

"We put everything into plastic bags and sealed them, so no one would get hurt in case there was indeed some poison on them and so that nothing else could get inside."

Alburov told CNN that local police in Tomsk displayed "special interest" in the water bottles and tried to confiscate them.

"When the police questioned us, they were especially interested in the water bottles, weirdly, even though we took a lot of other items," he said.

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  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.

The nerve agent used to poison Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was detected on an empty water bottle from his hotel room in the Siberian city "Now we understand: it was done before he left his hotel room to go to the airport ." Previously, Mr Navalny ' s aides had said they suspected he had

Aides of Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny said on Thursday that German experts found Novichok nerve agent on a water bottle taken from the hotel room where he stayed before being taken ill. The bottle appears to have been key evidence for Germany' s conclusion that the 44-year-old

When asked to comment, Tomsk police did not comment on the matter and referred CNN to the main directorate of the Russian Interior Ministry, which has not yet responded to CNN's query.

The Kremlin has previously said it "sees no reason" to blame the Russian state for the attack or to launch a criminal probe into the matter.

The German foreign ministry refused to directly comment on the matter when contacted by CNN Thursday.

Alburov added that Navalny's team requested access to hotel CCTV footage but learned that it had been confiscated by the police.

The bottles were then taken to Germany in the same medevac plane which was used to evacuate Navalny from Omsk, where his plane made an urgent landing, to Berlin's Charite Hospital on August 22, where he remains.

"Two weeks later, it was on the bottle from Tomsk that the German laboratory found traces of Novichok," Navalny's team said on Instagram Thursday. "And then two more laboratories that took tests from Alexey confirmed that Navalny was poisoned by it [Novichok].

The Kremlin critic's team initially thought he was poisoned after drinking tea in Tomsk airport before boarding his return flight to Moscow.

Alexey Navalny: Opposition leader posts hospital photo after poisoning as aide says he plans to return to Russia

  Alexey Navalny: Opposition leader posts hospital photo after poisoning as aide says he plans to return to Russia Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny has posted a photograph of himself on his hospital bed in Berlin, weeks after he was poisoned and fell critically ill. © Alexey Navalny/Instagram Alexey Navalny shares first picture of himself post-attack, from a hospital in Berlin, Germany, on Tuesday, September 15 with his daughter Daria, son Zahar and wife Yulia. Navalny is pictured alongside his family in the photo, which was posted on his Instagram account on Tuesday. The dissident is recovering in Germany but his press secretary has said that he intends to eventually return to Russia.

MOSCOW - Aides of Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny said Thursday that German experts found Novichok nerve agent on a water bottle taken from the hotel room where he stayed before being poisoned . The bottle appears to have been key evidence for Germany' s conclusion that the

There is "unequivocal proof" that Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny was poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent, Germany has said . Chancellor Angela Merkel said he was a victim of attempted murder and the world would look to Russia for answers.

"Now we understand: this was done before he left his room to go to the airport," the aides said Thursday.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which is assisting German authorities in the case, said Thursday it was also running tests on samples collected from Navalny.

Novichok agents are both lethal and highly unusual, so much so that that very few scientists outside of Russia have any real experience in dealing with them, raising questions about Moscow's role in the poisoning.

Novichok was also used in a March 2018 attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in the English city of Salisbury.

Navalny plans return to Russia

On Tuesday Russia said it had "eliminated" all warfare agents, including Novichok, according to state news agency TASS which cited the director of Russia's foreign intelligence service (SVR) Sergei Naryshkin.

"[The warfare agents] were eliminated in accordance with [OPCW] procedures and rules which was properly documented. Any speculation Russia still produces or keeps in stock the old reserves of chemical warfare agents are disinformation, of course," Naryshkin said, according to TASS.

Naryshkin added that no poisonous substances "were detected in Navalny's body" when the opposition leader left Russia for Germany. The Kremlin has denied any involvement in the incident.

The anti-corruption activist's condition is slowly improving in Berlin, where doctors have weaned him off mechanical ventilation.

Navalny posted a photograph of himself sitting up in a hospital bed and surrounded by his family on September 15.

In his first direct message after his hospitalization, Navalny said he was now breathing on his own without medical support.

"Hi, this is Navalny," the politician wrote in the caption.

"I miss you. I still can hardly do anything, but yesterday I was able to breathe on my own for the whole day. Just myself. I did not use any outside help, not even the simplest valve in my throat."

On Monday, the hospital said Navalny was able to leave his bed for short periods of time.

Navalny intends to return to Russia following his recovery, his spokesperson told CNN on Monday.

An earlier version of this story incorrectly described the video statement from Alexey Navalny's aides. They did not say he was made ill by drinking from the water bottle but said traces of Novichok were found on it.

Alexei Navalny says Trump should join other leaders in condemning nerve agent used to poison him .
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is calling on President Trump to condemn the use of a nerve agent he said Russian President Vladimir Putin tried to assassinate him with. © Provided by Washington Examiner Navalny, who has been recovering at a hospital in Germany for weeks after suddenly becoming ill and collapsing during an Aug. 20 flight in Russia, is thought to have been poisoned with the Russian nerve agent Novichok, German officials said. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

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