GENEVA, 1 March – RIA Novosti. UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions Agnes Callamard, who was investigating the “poisoning” of Alexei Navalny, said that she did not have the chemical formula of the substance found by Western laboratories in Navalny's body and which, according to the OPCW, was allegedly used in his “poisoning”.
“No, I don’t have a chemical formula. I know that the OPCW and other actors have it. To be honest, I’m not a scientist, so I doubt that I could understand something from a chemical formula. But I know that this chemical formula confirms that the substance is Novice and that this is a different Novice formula than the one used in 2019 (probably referring to the so-called Skripal case of 2018 – ed.), “Callamar said at a press conference.
The OPCW said in a report last October that the biomarkers of cholinesterase inhibitors found in Navalny's urine and blood tests have a similar structure to the Novichok type toxic chemicals (1.A.14 and 1.A15) listed in the Convention Chemicals Annex on the prohibition of chemical weapons. At the same time, the cholinesterase inhibitor identified in Navalny's body is not included in the application of chemicals prohibited under the convention.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova reacted to the statement of UN special rapporteurs on the situation with Navalny, noting that “our desires to find the truth in this case coincide,” she believes that after their call Berlin will stop hiding “secret materials” from the international community, detected substances from reports.
Navalny was hospitalized in Omsk on August 20, 2020 after he fell ill on a plane en route from Tomsk. Based on the results of the examinations, the Omsk doctors called the main diagnosis a metabolic disorder, which caused a sharp change in blood sugar. What caused it is not yet clear, but according to Omsk doctors, no poisons were found in Navalny's blood and urine.
Later he was transported by plane to Germany. After that, the FRG government announced, citing military doctors, that Navalny was allegedly poisoned with a substance from the Novichok group of toxic warfare agents. Later, the Cabinet of Ministers of the Federal Republic of Germany reported that the conclusions of German experts were confirmed by the laboratories of Sweden and France, in parallel, at the request of Berlin, the OPCW is conducting its own research. In this regard, the Kremlin stated that Berlin did not inform Moscow of its findings, and the Russian Foreign Ministry then stressed that Russia was waiting for a response from Germany to an official request on this situation: within a month Russia sent Germany requests for legal assistance on the situation with Navalny, responses on them at that time were not received, as well as from the OPCW – on the corresponding letters.
On the day of Navalny's hospitalization, Russian prosecutors and police began to conduct their checks. The FRG authorities did not earlier deny that the German intelligence service BND had access to the Novichok military poisoning agent since the 1990s.
The Russian Foreign Ministry stated that the West and the OPCW, by not providing the Russian Federation with information about the substance with which Navalny was allegedly poisoned, were hiding the key “evidence.”
In the English city of Salisbury, on March 4, 2018, according to British authorities, former GRU officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned, which provoked a major international scandal. London believes that the Russian state is involved in the poisoning of the Skripals with A234, Moscow categorically denies this. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that the “Skripal case” is crumbling before our eyes due to the absence of any evidence of Russia's guilt.
The official representative of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Maria Zakharova said that about 60 diplomatic notes were sent to the Foreign Office in the Skripals case, demanding that Russia be granted access to the investigation, the injured citizens of the Russian Federation, as well as a request for legal assistance and offers of cooperation, including conducting a joint investigation, but the British authorities did not respond to them.
Boris Johnson, who served as British Foreign Minister, accused Russia of poisoning Skripal, arguing that the evidence of Moscow's guilt was “overwhelming.” The charges turned out to be false. The head of the secret laboratory of the British Ministry of Defense later said that experts could not establish the source of the substance, which, according to the British side, had poisoned Skripal and his daughter. The British Foreign Ministry admitted on the same day that the conclusion about the involvement of the Russian Federation in the poisoning of the Skripals was made, among other things, on the basis of its own assessments of the information.