Navalny is presently being handled at Berlin’s Charite Hospital, after turning into gravely unwell on a flight from the Siberian metropolis of Tomsk to Moscow a month in the past.
Final week, Navalny’s aides stated that they had taken objects from his Tomsk resort room to Germany, the place a lab later discovered traces of a nerve agent on one of many water bottles he apparently drank from. Navalny’s colleague who collected the objects in Tomsk, chief investigator Georgy Alburov, beforehand advised CNN the water bottle was not essentially the item used to poison the Kremlin critic, suggesting the substance might have been positioned on a special object.
In an announcement launched on Monday, Navalny stated: “I am thinking about one factor now: my garments. That’s, the garments I used to be carrying on the day of the poisoning, August 20. 30 days of ‘pre-investigation test’ have been used to cover this very important piece of proof.
“Earlier than they allowed me to go to Germany, they took all my garments off and I used to be despatched there fully bare. Bearing in mind the truth that Novichok was discovered on my physique, and a contact methodology of poisoning may be very doubtless, my garments are essential materials proof.”
The German authorities has stated the Kremlin critic was poisoned with a chemical agent from the Soviet-era Novichok group, a conclusion supported by two different labs in France and Sweden. The Kremlin has strongly denied any involvement however a number of questions stay.
He posted an image of himself strolling down a staircase on Saturday, writing that he’s regaining his bodily and psychological capability.
Navalny’s Monday assertion comes a month after the suspected poisoning and was timed to coincide with the expiration date of a preliminary probe into the incident, which didn’t lead to a legal investigation.
Navalny’s spokesperson Kira Yarmysh stated in an announcement on Monday that the Russian authorities had turned a blind eye to the incident.
“30 days is the utmost interval of the ‘pre-investigation test’ and it may well’t be prolonged,” Yarmysh stated. “Due to this fact, we are able to now say the Russian authorities has formally determined to disregard Navalny’s poisoning.”
The Kremlin beforehand stated it was in search of to launch a legal probe into the matter. Russian authorities stated poisoning was one model of what might have occurred to the opposition chief, but it surely “wasn’t confirmed, as no poisonous substances have been discovered within the affected person’s blood in Omsk and in laboratories in Moscow.”