Russian dissident Alexei Navalvi could be poisoned in the hotel room he left shortly before collapsing on the commercial flight who transferred him from the Siberian city Tomsk to Moscow on August 20, as revealed today by the digital edition of the German newspaper ‘Bild’. This is assured by a group of collaborators of the 44-year-old lawyer who has published a video on Instagram where they show the search of the room that Navalni occupied, just an hour after meeting that he had lost consciousness. In the images you can see a messy hotel room and how several people wearing surgical gloves remove from the table and a sideboard three bottles of mineral water that they place in plastic bags with the intention of analyzing them later. In one of them, remains of the poison “Novichok” were found, Navalni’s collaborators say.
The message in Russian attached to the video highlights that “That day a part of our team flew to Moscow” accompanying Navalni in the same plane and “some remained in Tomsk”. He adds that, after the anti-corruption activist and opponent collapsed, “the collaborators who remained in Tomsk were immediately informed.” They “contacted a lawyer and went to the room that Navalni had left shortly before. And there they began to write down, record, list and seal everything they found, including the hotel’s water bottles, ”says the note from the collaborators of the Russian opponent. In the video, a woman, probably a hotel employee, can be heard warning: “If they want to take something they can only do so through the police. That’s what the director told me ». And another male voice that replies: “We don’t intend to stick to that.”
After losing consciousness in mid-flight, Navalni was admitted after an emergency landing in an Omsk hospital and was transferred to Germany in a medicalized plane in a coma two days after the attack. Since then he has recovered in a room heavily guarded by the German police at the Berlin University Hospital “Charité”. After abandoning the induced coma last week and having assisted ventilation withdrawn, Alexei Navalni can now get out of bed And he is accompanied by his wife Yulia and their two children Daria and Sachar, with whom a photograph was taken this Tuesday that was also published on Instagram.
While the Russian authorities deny any connection with the poisoning of the dissident, andhe Berlin government has accused Moscow of being directly involved in the “assassination attempt” of the Russian lawyer. Analysis carried out by a German army laboratory and two other independent laboratories in France and Sweden have confirmed that Navalni was poisoned with a nerve agent from the ‘Novichok’ group, a chemical weapon created by the Soviet Union in the decade of the 70s of the century past and in the middle of the Cold War.