Alexei Navalny's team says traces of Novichok were found on bottle at his hotel

Alexeï Navalny's team said Thursday, September 17, that traces of the toxic agent that poisoned the Russian opponent had been found on a plastic bottle recovered in a hotel room where he had stayed.

The 44-year-old activist became uneasy on August 20 on board a flight back to Moscow from the Siberian city of Tomsk, where he had come to support candidates in a municipal election and to shoot an investigation into the corruption of local elites .

On Instagram, his team claimed Thursday that traces of a Novichok-type neurotoxic agent had been found on an “ordinary plastic water bottle” picked up from Alexey Navalny's hotel room in Tomsk.specifies that these traces had been identified "two weeks later" by a German laboratory.

The message is accompanied by a video showing supporters of Alexei Navalny sifting through a hotel room and packing possible clues, before police were able to visit the scene, which was filmed just after the team from the opponent has learned of his discomfort.

A post shared by Алексей Навальный (@navalny) on Sep 16, 2020 at 11:59 am PDT

"It was obvious that there would be no investigation in Russia"

"As it was absolutely clear that Navalny was not 'slightly ill' (...) we had decided to collect anything that could be useful and pass it on to the doctors in Germany", explains the Navalny team."He was as obvious that there would be no investigation in Russia ", she adds." Now we understand that [his poisoning] took place before he left his room to go to the airport ”.

Posted Date: 2020-09-19

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