Germany claims that the Russian opponent was poisoned, but Russia considers this accusation to be premature.
France denounced, Tuesday, August 25, “the criminal act” perpetrated against the Russian opponent Alexeï Navalny. The Quai d’Orsay called on the Russian authorities to “prompt and transparent investigation.” “Those responsible for this act should be identified and brought to justice”, the ministry said.
The day before, the Berlin doctors caring for Alexeï Navalny announced that they had concluded that he had been poisoned by “a substance from the group of cholinesterase inhibitors”, but without being able to specify immediately which one. These products are likely to be used in low doses against Alzheimer’s disease, but depending on the dosage they can be very dangerous and also produce potent nerve agents, such as the innervating agent Novichok.
In contrast, the Kremlin considered that the conclusions of German doctors were premature and that the poisoning was “one track among others”. A spokesperson for Vladimir Putin insisted that‘”no substance has been identified” in Germany no more than in Russia. According to him, Russian doctors also found that Alexeï Navalny suffered from a too low level of cholinesterase and treated him accordingly with atropine, just like the Berlin Charité hospital. However, he believes that it cannot be deduced from this that there was a malicious act.
Alexeï Navalny is still in an artificial coma, in serious condition, but his life is not in danger. Doctors at the Charité Hospital in Berlin refuse to comment on the evolution of his state of health.