At the Tomsk hotel Xander, where it is assumed that Alexei Navalny was poisoned in August 2020, two days before check-in, the security policy completely changed. Navalny’s colleague Maria Pevchikh announced this in the podcast of The Insider .
Two days before our arrival, the security and security team was completely replaced at the hotel. And at the time when we stayed there, completely incomprehensible people were in charge of all the cameras. That is, our source does not know who it is. He only knows that everything has changed. To the staff, it looked like a new PSC had been hired. And now we understand that this was not a new private security company, but the FSB was sitting on cameras and on everything. And they not only stole the recordings from the cameras, the system there was originally built in such a way that these recordings would not be in the possession of the hotel staff.
According to the Singers, Navalny’s team received information about the change of protection in Xander after it announced a reward for information related to the poisoning of a politician in December 2021. In particular, three million rubles were offered for video from surveillance cameras in Xander.
On August 20, 2020, Alexei Navalny fell ill on the Tomsk-Moscow plane. The politician was taken to a hospital in Omsk, from where, two days later, in a state of coma, he was evacuated to Germany. He spent a month in a Berlin clinic. The German government announced that he was poisoned with a substance from the Novichok group. Russia denies any involvement in the poisoning.
Before the flight from Tomsk to Moscow, Navalny stayed at the Xander Hotel. After the news that the politician became ill, his associates ended up in his hotel room. In their words , where they found the bottle, which they were able to take to Germany and which later found traces of “newcomers”.
In December 2020, The Insider and Bellingcat released an investigation stating that Navalny was poisoned by officers from a special FSB group. Later, Navalny called one of them, and he actually admitted his participation in the operation.