Russian opposition figure Navalny names men he believes “poisoned him”, accuses Kremlin of ordering coup – RT Russia and former Soviet Union


Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny has named eight men he believes responsible for poisoning him last August. These are said to be employees of the FSB security service who appear to have chemical or medical training.

“I know who wanted to kill me. I know where they live. I know where they work ”, Navalny wrote on Monday. “I know their real names. I know their false names. I have pictures of them.

According to Navalny, using his personal blog, of the eight suspected conspirators, three – named Alexey Alexandrov, Ivan Osipov and Vladimir Panyaev – followed him to Tomsk, where he was allegedly poisoned with the normally deadly nerve agent Novichok.

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The investigation, conducted by the Russian-language outlet The Insider, with CNN, German Der Spiegel and Bellingcat, funded by the US state, concluded that the FSB started monitoring Navalny in 2017, after announcing its intention to run for the Russian presidency. Using phone records, airline tickets, and other data that Bellingcat claims to have been bought on the black market, they came to the conclusion that highly specialized agents had been tracking Navalny over the course of at least 37 different trips. It is alleged that the operation eventually ended with the poisoning of Navalny on August 20 in Tomsk.

The investigative team also claim that Navalny was followed on a trip to Kaliningrad in July, when his wife Yulia fell ill – something the activist now suspects was due to Novichok, seen as the agent. deadliest neurotoxicant in the world.

As well as naming the specific people he said were involved, Navalny also writes in detail about some of the trips he believes he was tracked on. For example, travel documents released on Monday claim that in March 2017 he was tracked to four different cities in four days by two FSB agents – Alexey Krivoshchekov and Alexey Aleksandrov.

In conclusion, Navalny wrote that he is “an irrefutable fact” that his suspected poisoning was “A government operation”.

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“An entire department of the FSB, under the direction of senior officials, has been carrying out an operation for two years, during which they repeatedly tried to kill me and my family members by obtaining chemical weapons from a laboratory. state secret. , “ he wrote.

More directly, Navalny specifically named Russian President Vladimir Putin as the one who ordered his poisoning, theorizing that FSB chief Alexander Bortnikov would not proceed with such an act without his boss’s approval.

“Look in the dictionary and read the definition of ‘state terrorism’. That’s it. Illegal murder of citizens without trial or investigation ”, he wrote.

“This assassination attempt has been resolved. And now you understand for sure that this will not be officially disclosed. Otherwise, half of the FSB leadership will have to be imprisoned. And Putin, who gave them the order.

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The Kremlin has repeatedly denied any role in the alleged attack, with Putin himself saying he personally asked Russian prosecutors to allow Navalny to travel to Germany for medical treatment in August.

On August 20, Navalny fell ill on a flight to Moscow from the Siberian city of Tomsk. The plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Omsk, another Russian city, where he was taken to hospital and placed in a coma. Following requests from his family and associates, he was flown to the Berlin Charity clinic for treatment. Shortly after arriving in Germany, doctors announced that the opposition figure had been poisoned with Novichok. Russian doctors continue to deny that poisoning has occurred. On September 23, Navalny was demobilized.

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