The Russian Foreign Ministry has accused the Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons of bias. The organization confirmed that there were traces of a nerve agent of the Novichok group in the blood of Alexei Navalny.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that two laboratories of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, in which the samples were tested, were connected with “the military-political structures of the Euro-Atlantic Community”. The agency stressed the “fully expected promptness” with which Germany agreed to the report published by the organization.
“Thus, a fantastic story in its own right, initiated by Berlin and its Euro-Atlantic partners, under the leadership of the Technical Secretariat of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, has developed under a pre-planned conspiracy scheme.” – It is written in the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
According to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, biomarkers found in the blood and urine of Navalny have structural characteristics similar to those of the Novichok group.
These results confirm the results of analyzes of laboratories in Germany, Sweden, and France, according to which Navalny was poisoned by Novichok.
The specific substance found in Navalny’s blood samples by the organization is not banned from the list of chemical weapons, but this substance is a new and unknown version of the chemical nerve agent of the Novichok group.
Navalny became incapacitated on the August 20 flight from Tomsk to Moscow. He was taken to a hospital in Omsk, where Russian doctors found no trace of the poison in his body, but through the efforts of his family, supporters, and international organizations, he was taken to a clinic in Berlin. German doctors, and later laboratories in Sweden and France, confirmed that a Novichok-type nerve agent had been found in Navalny’s body.
Navalny’s team says the nerve agent Novichok, with which he was poisoned, was found in an empty bottle of water in his room at a hotel in the city of Tomsk.
Read more about Novichok chemical weapons in Tabula’s article – Soviet remedy for the Kremlin’s problems – What is Novichok?
Read more about Alexei Navalny in Tabula’s article – “A stranger among his own and a stranger among his own – who is Alexei Navalny”.