- Navalny was allegedly poisoned in Tomsk.
- The 5 out of 6 people in his entourage have been interviewed by the law enforcement.
- Navalny is out of coma and remains in the German Charite hospital.
During an interview on the September 11, 2020, the acting head of the Investigative Department for Transport of the Russian Interior Ministry in the Federal District Sergey Popov stated that the full chronology of the Alexei Navalny stay in Tomsk has been established.
It should be noted, Navalny allegedly has been poisoned last month. He was transported to the German Charite clinic for the treatment. At present, Navalny is out of the induced coma and coherent. According to the German officials, Navalny was poisoned by the Novichok family of substances.
However, the results are classified and no proof has been provided. Additionally, unless Russia was testing a brand new substance, the events do not make sense.
As in every other case, where there was such type of substance administered by the Russian intelligence, there were always effects on others, not just the target. This includes, the case of Skripals and the case in Bulgaria.
In the case of Navalny, no one else experienced any effects, even though he was in close proximity to others. Hence, there are still many unanswered questions.
Russia always had many players and many scenarios. Therefore, if in fact it was Novichok family of substance, that would mean the involvement of the state actors. If, it is not, than there is more information needed.
Hopefully, Bellingcat can provide an investigative work to provide further details. The Bellingcat Investigation Team is an award winning group of volunteers and full time investigators who make up the core of the Bellingcat’s investigative efforts.
Furthermore, the law enforcement officers based in Siberia established where Navalny stayed, as well as everything that he drank and ate.”The police restored the chronology of Navalny’s stay and those accompanying him in Tomsk and the Tomsk region. The route of their movement, social circle, as well as places of residence and visits are established.
Among them are the Xander Hotel with the Velveteen restaurant, a rented apartment where a working meeting of Navalny’s supporters was held, and the Viennese coffee shop at the Tomsk airport, ” Potapov said.
It is established that Navalny drank wine and an alcoholic cocktail on his route. At the same time, Navalny was accompanied by six people, five of whom have already given their explanations to the police. However, one woman named Marina Pevchikh has left Russia without submitting to the interview with the Russian investigators.
The people who were interviewed are: Vladlen Elk, Geogry Alburov, Ilya Pakhomov, Kira Yarmysh and Pavel Zelensky. Marina Pevchikh — one of those who were with Navalny, permanently residing in the UK, on August 20 evaded giving an explanation,” the acting head of the SU said.
According to the investigation, on August 22 of this year, the woman flew to Germany and her location is not known at this time.
At the moment, investigators are establishing which Moscow clinic Navalny was regularly treated in order to get information about what medications he may have used.
“Separate instructions were sent to establish the location of passengers who flew in the same plane with Navalny. Measures are being taken to establish his doctor and the medical clinic in Moscow where he was treated,” Potapov added.
Overall, there are many unanswered questions in this case. It is evident Navalny has been poisoned. The question is for what purpose and by whom. Navalny himself has an interesting biography.
At the same time, no one deserves to be poisoned. Hopefully, more questions will be answered soon and the concrete evidence would be presented. Also, the main question remains, will Navlany return to Russia or will he be seeking asylum in one of the EU member nations?