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G7 condemns «hideous poisoning» of Navalny

‘We, the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and the High Representative of the European Union, are united in condemning, in the strongest possible terms, the confirmed poisoning of Alexei Navalny” reads the statement, referring to the chemical attack on Russian opposition leader, and fierce critics of President Putin. Navalny was airlifted upon wish of his family to Berlin for treatment from Omsk hospital in Russia, where he received urgent medical assistance.

“Germany has briefed G7 partners on the fact that clinical and toxicological findings by German medical experts and a specialised laboratory of the German armed forces have determined that Mr Navalny is the victim of an attack with a chemical nerve-agent of the “Novichok” group, a substance developed by Russia. Mr Navalny is in intensive care in a Berlin hospital and remains in a serious condition. Our heartfelt thoughts are with his family and we hope for his full and speedy recovery.

“Any use of chemical weapons, anywhere, anytime, by anybody, under any circumstances whatsoever, is unacceptable and contravenes the international norms prohibiting the use of such weapons.We, the G7 foreign ministers, call on Russia to urgently and fully establish transparency on who is responsible for this abhorrent poisoning attack and, bearing in mind Russia’s commitments under the Chemical Weapons Convention, to bring the perpetrators to justice.

“This attack against opposition leader Navalny is another grave blow against democracy and political plurality in Russia. It constitutes a serious threat to those men and women engaged in defending the political and civil freedoms that Russia herself has committed to guarantee. We call on Russia to fulfill its commitments under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and to guarantee these rights, including the right to freedom of expression, to its citizens.

“We will continue to monitor closely how Russia responds to international calls for an explanation of the hideous poisoning of Mr Navalny. We remain strongly committed to our support for democracy, the rule of law and human rights in Russia and to bolster our support to the Russian civil society.

EU condemns Novichok attack on Navalny

“The European Union condemns in the strongest possible terms the poisoning of the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny“,read the text of the Russia: Statement by the head of the EU diplomacy Josep Borrell on the poisoning of Alexei Navalny addressed to Russia.

“The toxicological analysis carried out by a specialised laboratory of the German armed forces proves that Mr Navalny was poisoned by a military-grade chemical nerve agent of the “Novichok” group, developed by the Soviet Union and later, Russia. The use of chemical weapons under any circumstances is completely unacceptable and a breach of international law.

“It is essential that the Russian government investigates thoroughly and in a transparent manner the assassination attempt of Mr Navalny. Alexei Navalny’s case must not go unresolved. Those responsible must be brought to justice.

“We are grateful to the staff of the Charité – Universitätsmedizin hospital in Berlin for their treatment of Mr Navalny and wish him a prompt and full recovery.The European Union will continue to closely follow the issue and discuss its implications”.

Navalny attacked with Novichok

German government made an announcement on September 2 that Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent, the same type of chemical used in Britain against ex-double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. The discovery raised tensions between Berlin and Moscow.

Tests carried out by the German military experts on Navalny, who is being treated in a Berlin hospital Chairité, have provided “unequivocal evidence of a chemical nerve agent from the Novichok family,” German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement.

“It is a shocking event that Alexei Navalny has become the victim of an attack with a chemical nerve agent in Russia.

“The government condemns this attack in the strongest terms. The Russian government is urgently requested to provide clarifications over the incident,” he added.

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Germany had called in Russia’s ambassador to demand answers on the case.

Navalny, 44, fell ill after boarding a plane in Siberia last month. The pilots took a decision of an urgent landing to deliver him with ambulance to a local hospital in Omsk. Navalny received the first aid at the Omsk hospital near airport, before being flown to Berlin for treatment.

The nerve agent Novichok is a military-grade poison that was developed by the Soviet government towards the end of the Cold War and can be deployed in an ultra-fine powder, liquid or vapour.

The Charite hospital last week reported “some improvement” in Navalny’s condition but he nevertheless remains in a medically induced coma and on a ventilator.

The severity of the poisoning meant that it was too early to determine potential long-term effects, the hospital warned.

Charite doctors said they believed the anti-corruption campaigner was poisoned with a substance that inhibits the cholinesterase enzyme, a feature of nerve agents.

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Germany warns of consequences of Navalny case

German Foreign minister Heiko Maas said there would be diplomatic consequences for Russia if Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s case proves to be state-initiated murder attempt.

Navalny is in stable condition with symptoms receding, though his health status is still serious.

Russain opposition politician and anti-corruption campaigner Alexey Navalny’s condition remains in serious but stable, and the Russian his symptoms of poisoning are receding, according to the Berlin hospital Charité where he is treated after the evacuation from Omsk.

Navalny became criticially ill on a flight from the Siberian city of Tomsk to Moscow last week. After the urgent landing he was treated in local hosiptal in Omsk, and further, upon the request of his family, he was flown to the German capital for treatment.

Doctors at Berlin’s Charite hospital said he was exposed to a cholinesterase inhibitor, a chemical group that includes some nerve agents, though the exact compound hasn’t yet been identified.

According to Russain media the laboratories, investigating the Navalny case, demanded military experts opinon.

Navalny hospitalised in Berlin

The operaiton of arilifing of Russian dissdent Alexey Navalny from Omsk was carried out as planned and a special medical planne has landed in Belrin Airport in the morning on Saturday, 22 august. The patient has been transported to the Charité hospital in Belrin as agreed previously with his wife Yulia, who accompanied him on the trip.

Rerportedly Alexei Navalny has been still in a coma after a suspected poisoning.

Navalny’s spokeswoman and a representative of the NGO that arranged the flight confirmed that the plane had landed.

“Navalny is in Berlin,” Jaka Bizilj, of the German organization Cinema For Peace, told The Associated Press.

Navalny, a 44-year-old politician and corruption investigator who is one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s fiercest critics, was admitted to an intensive care unit in the Siberian city of Omsk after the urgent landing of the plane on the caused by his dramtic collapse.

His supporters believe that tea he drank was laced with poison — and that the Kremlin is behind both his illness and the delay in transferring him to a top German hospital.

Navalny team claimed that he was kept hostage in the Omsk hospital to gain time for decomposing of the toxic agent, which was used to poison him.

The ban on the transportation of Navalny is needed only to gain time and wait until the poison in his body can no longer be traced. Moreover, every hour of delay creates a critical threat to his life” Navalny spokesperson Kira Yarmysh wrote.

The only purpose of retention of Navalny in Omsk hospital is in “décomposition of poison“, making it untraceable Lubov Sobol, the lawyer of Navalny anti-corruption Fund, tweeted.

ECHR defends Navalny right to life

The European Court of Human Rignt took a decision in Alexey Navalny favour, indicating to Russian government to allow access to family and medics to the patient to assess his condition regarding fit-for-flight.
The interim measure should be enforced without delay, and in any event by noon 22 August 2020 by noon.

The Court has also indicated to Russian government to ensure that Navalny wife Yulia has access to medical file from Omsk hospital; that medics appointed by the family has access to examine him and conclude if he can be issued fit-for-flight; inform the Court about the treatment Navaly receives at present, and submit his entire medical file to Court by latest 24 August noon, Strasbourg time.

The Court explisitly underlined that the family asked for Navalny airlifting to Berlin Charité clinic for treamtment, otherside feraing risks to his health and life in violation of the Article 2 – right to life – of the Euroepan Convention on Human Rights.

The interim measure has been granted to Alexey Navalny on an exceptional basis, taking into consideration his situation of real risk of irreversible harm.

As a member of the Council of Europe, Russia as all the States Signatoires is bound to follow the measures indicated by the Court.
A failure to do so can lead to violation of Article 34 of the Convention – the right of invividual application.

Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny is unconscious in hospital suffering from suspected poisoning, his spokeswoman has said.

The anti-corruption campaigner fell ill during a flight and the plane made an emergency landing in Omsk, where medics said he was in a coma and they were trying to save his life.

His team suspects faul game, and even assassination attempt, presuming that something was put in his tea at an airport cafe shortly before the flight back to Moscow from hism trip in Siberia.

The Kremlin said that it wished Mr Navalny a “speedy recovery”, however Navlny team was accusing the authorities to keeping him hostage in the hospital, and refusing access to his wife and medics from Germany, who arrived to Omsk to air-lift him to Berlin Charite hospitla to receive relevant treatment.

Mr Navalny, 44, has for years been among President Vladimir Putin’s staunchest critics.
In June he described a vote on constitutional reforms as a “coup” and a “violation of the Constitution”. The reforms allow Mr Putin to serve another two terms in office, after the four terms he has already had.
Recently Navalny was accused by Belrus President Alexander Lukashenko in acting as an agitator for the civil unrest.

Navalny poisoning suspicion grows

Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny, 44, was in a coma in a Siberian hospital on August 20 after drinking a cup of tea that his spokeswoman said she believed was laced with poison. According to his team he is still in intenstive care ward now.

Navalny was in intensive care and on an artificial lung ventilator, spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh said on social media. “We assume that Alexei was poisoned with something mixed into the tea. It was the only thing that he drank in the morning. Doctors say the toxin was absorbed faster through the hot liquid. Alexey is now unconscious” Yarmysh wrote on her Twitter micro blog.

A fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin, Navalny started feeling ill when returning to Moscow from Tomsk in Siberia by plane on August 19 morning, Yarmysh said.

This morning Navalny was returning to Moscow from Tomsk. During the flight, he felt bad. The plane urgently landed in Omsk. Alexey has toxic poisoning. Now we are going to the hospital by ambulance”

Judging by the Kremlin garbage dumps [slang for state media], it took them 5 hours to come up with a common breakthrough version: Navalny drank something or ate something himself. This, of course, is complete nonsense. Alexei’s condition has not changed yet. Did not regain consciousness, the diagnosis is not reported” Yarmysh tweeted.

Navalny suspected poisoning

Russian  opposition politician Alexei Navalny‘s doctor Anastasia  Vasilyeva (43) said to AFP he was “not allergic to anything”. (Image: archive)

It was a toxic reaction to a chemical, it was definitely some chemical agent,” she said. “It’s absurd to call it an allergy.”

According to  Vasilyeva, Navalny needs to be under close medical supervision”, and should be allowed to call his relatives.

Kateryna Yushchenko, the former Ukrainian first lady whose husband Viktor Yushchenko was poisoned 15 years ago, wrote in her Twitter micro blog:

This brings back horrific memories of September 2004. Our doctors also balked at diagnosing what happened to my husband as poison. And some doctors with security pasts tried to cover it up. Recommend Alexei get treatment in Europe ASAP.”

There’s been no evidence that Mr Navalny was poisoned. But his doctors – and his supporters – are keen to know what sparked such sudden symptoms.

Two years ago Alexei Navalny was the victim of an assault. He suffered a chemical burn in his right eye after someone threw green-coloured antiseptic in his face.

Navalny green

The personal doctor said the jailed Russian opposition leader was discharged from a Moscow hospital after a possible exposure to an unidentified “toxic agent“, while health officials insisted his condition was satisfactory.

Anastasia Vasilyeva-told Russia’s Dozhd broadcaster that Navalny was returned to the prison on July 29.

“We cannot rule out that toxic damage to the skin and mucous membranes by an unknown chemical substance was inflicted with the help of a ‘third party‘,” Vasilyeva  wrote on Facebook page.

 

Moscow to mirror UK expel of 23 diplomats

Moscow will ‘definitely’ expel British diplomats in wake of UK’s reaction to Skripal case, Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov said.

Previously Lavrov insisted on respect of international law, and thorough investigation with presenting to Russians an access to the information about the poisoning substance.

Wil Mirzianov, one of two Soviet inventors of unique in its lethal ability “Novichok” chemical weapon, presumably used by assassins of Skripals, immigrated to the USA, where from he gives comments to mass-media. “The formula of the substance remains secret, they could send it with diplomatic courier anywhere, – said Mirzianov, quoted by Medusa media. – They (Skripals) are practically dead, but even if they survive, they will not be able to recover”.

 

 

Lavrov expects samples of poison from UK

Moscow will not respond to the UK request about a clandestine USSR chemical weapon allegedly ‘Novichok’ used in an ex-double agent’s poisoning until a sample of the element is provided, the Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said.