His team said on Thursday that Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was poisoned using an empty water bottle from his hotel room in the Siberian city of Tomsk.
Navalny became violently ill On a domestic flight to Russia last month and later taken to Berlin for treatment. Germany says she was poisoned by a Novichok nerve agent. Russia says he has not seen any evidence that he was poisoned.
A video posted on Navalny’s Instagram account showed members of his team searching the room that they had left on 20 August at the Xander Hotel in Tomsk. An hour later he came to know that he had fallen ill under suspicious circumstances.
“It was decided to collect everything that could be hypothetically useful as well and hand it over to doctors in Germany. The fact that the case would not be investigated in Russia was quite clear,” the Post said.
It also showed his team wearing protective gloves, several empty bottles of “Holy Spring” mineral water, among other items.
“Two weeks later, a German laboratory found Novichok’s marks on a water bottle from the Tomsk hotel room,” the Post said.
“And then more labs analyzing Alexi confirmed that Navalny was poisoned. Now we understand: This was done before he left his hotel room to go to the airport.”
Russia has conducted a pre-investigation investigation, but said it needs to see more medical analysis before opening a formal criminal investigation into the case.
Britain said on Wednesday that Russian intelligence services carried out the attack on Navalny, one of the fiercest critics of President Vladimir Putin, and said that Russia had a case to answer because the use of chemical weapons was unacceptable.
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