A scientist from Sweden, who analyzed the biomaterials of Alexei Navalny, said that the data on the poisoning of the Russian opposition leader by Novichok are unambiguous. The politician's blood samples were studied at the FOI Defense Research Institute in Umeå.
We can clearly confirm that Mr Navalny's sample contained a neurotoxin from the Novichok group. Neurotoxins [этой группы] extremely toxic. A drop can killAsa Scott said in an interview with Der Spiegel.
She did not disclose more precise information about the found version of "Novichok", the newspaper notes. Earlier, Der Spiegel wrote that at a secret meeting of German intelligence it was reported that Navalny was poisoned by a "stronger" version of "Novichok" than his previously known versions.
The FOI Research Institute is subordinate to the Swedish Ministry of Defense. In 2013, its experts were involved in a UN investigation into the use of poison gas in Syrian Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus. Scientists then said they were able to confirm the use of sarin.
44-year-old Navalny lost consciousness on the Tomsk-Moscow plane on August 20. Russian doctors put him into an artificial coma. Two days later, the patient was transported to a clinic in Berlin. Her experts said that the Russian was poisoned with cholinesterase inhibitors. Military toxicologists determined that a substance from the Novichok group was used as the poison.
After that, Germany sent Navalny's samples to Swedish and French laboratories. The French Institute also confirmed these findings. It was reported that French President Emmanuel Macron called Russian President Vladimir Putin to personally report the results of the study.
The international community is demanding that Moscow investigate what happened to Navalny. To which the Kremlin representatives report that while the oppositionist was on the territory of the Russian Federation, no poisons were found in his body. Moscow demands from Berlin to provide the data that became the basis for conclusions about the poisoning.
In turn, Germany emphasizes that without the approval of Navalny himself, Berlin cannot transfer the research results to Moscow, because they belong to the category of personal data. And the patient did not give such consent.
Earlier, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that Germany sees many signs of Russia's involvement in the poisoning of an opposition politician, chernayakobra.ru wrote.