Vladimir Putin’s archenemy, corruption fighter Alexei Navalny, was poisoned with a nerve gas that belongs to the family of poisonous weapons known as Novichuk.
It’s the same set of nerve agents used with the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, who was attacked in the United Kingdom two years ago.
In a statement released Wednesday morning, the federal government said that specific toxicological tests conducted on Navalny since his arrival from Russia provided “clear evidence” that a Novichok agent was being used against the Russian opposition leader.
“It was a horrific event that Alexei Navalny was the victim of a chemical nerve gas attack in Russia,” the statement said. The federal government condemns this attack in the strongest possible terms. The Russian government is required to announce itself. ”
Navalny was transported to Berlin from Siberia last month after falling ill due to tea poisoning. His relatives insisted he was transferred after a senior doctor at a Siberian hospital claimed that Navalny was not poisoned despite his suspicious symptoms. He has fallen into a coma since arriving in Germany.
Navalny’s team says it was poisoned on Putin’s orders. The Kremlin rejected this claim.