Category Archives: Novichok

Russia threatens to withdraw from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

Russia may withdraw from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), said Russian Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya, RIA Novosti reports. Established in the late 1990s under the Chemical Weapons Convention, the OPCW, according to a Russian diplomat, is “losing credibility” and becoming “a place for rubber stamping decisions on undesirable regimes.” Earlier, the OPCW confirmed

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Russia Continued Developing Novichok After Program’s Official Closure, Investigation Says

Russian military scientists continued working on the Novichok nerve agent’s development long after Moscow said it destroyed its chemical weapons stockpiles, an international investigation said Friday.  The investigation comes amid mounting questions in the West over Russia’s alleged use of chemical weapons on foreign and domestic soil, accusations that Moscow denies. The European Union and Britain have slapped sanctions on

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EU Sanctions FSB Chief, Senior Kremlin Officials Over Navalny Poisoning

The European Union has slapped sanctions on senior Kremlin officials and the head of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) over the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, according to a decision published on the EU’s legal portal Thursday.  The EU banned travel and froze the assets of FSB chief Alexander Bortnikov, as well as President Vladimir Putin’s first deputy chief

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EU Agrees Russia Sanctions Over Navalny Poisoning

The EU on Wednesday agreed to impose sanctions on six people and one entity over the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny with a Novichok nerve agent, diplomats told AFP. Ambassadors from the 27 EU countries approved sanctions after France and Germany proposed measures last week, saying Russia was responsible for the poisoning. In line with usual EU practice, those targeted

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Navalny’s poisoning: UK to take forward anti-Russian sanctions

According to Foreign Secretary Raab, the sanctions will concern people who are responsible for crime and who created Novichok The UK together with the international partners will promote the sanctions against the Russians involved in the poisoning of oppositionist Alexei Navalny as Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab stated. “The UK stands side by side with our German and French partners in our

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‘We Owe Nothing to Anyone’: Russia Rejects Watchdog’s Navalny Novichok Confirmation

Russia rejects the global chemical weapons watchdog’s findings of a Novichok-type nerve agent in Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s samples, Moscow’s envoy in the Hague-based organization said Tuesday. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said earlier Tuesday that Navalny’s blood and urine samples taken by its experts in Germany contained traces of a type of nerve agent with

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Watchdog Says Novichok-Type Nerve Agent Found in Navalny Samples

The global chemical weapons watchdog said on Tuesday that samples taken from Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who claims he was poisoned by the Kremlin, contained a Novichok-type nerve agent. The findings by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) confirm similar results by a military laboratory in Germany, where Navalny was treated in hospital, and labs in

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Germany refuses to allow Russian consul to visit Navalny

Russia believes that hysteria is artificially inflated around the situation with opposition leader Germany has denied Russia consular access to Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is recovering from a poisoning. This is reported by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Russia believes that hysteria around the situation with Navalny is being artificially inflated. The Russian Foreign Ministry reacted to

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Russia Accuses Germany of Refusing to Cooperate on Navalny Medical Probe

Russia on Friday accused Germany of refusing to cooperate with it to establish the cause of opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s illness as he continues to recover in Berlin. The 44-year-old lawyer and anti-corruption campaigner collapsed on a flight to Moscow from Siberia in what his allies say was a state-sanctioned poison attack. He was discharged from a hospital in Berlin this

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Russia demands Germany hand over data on Navalny poisoning within 10 days

The Russian Permanent Mission to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) sent a note to its German counterparts demanding that all information on Alexei Navalny’s poisoning case be passed on, reported the mission’s press service. “On September 23, the Russian Permanent Mission sent a note to the German Permanent Mission to the OPCW with a demand to

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Update: Navalny’s Team Says Water Bottle With Traces Of Novichok Found In His Hotel Room In Tomsk

September 17, 2020 09:20 GMT UPDATED September 17, 2020 14:57 GMT By RFE/RL’s Russian Service Associates of Aleksei Navalny say traces of the nerve agent used to poison the Russian opposition politician were found on a water bottle in the hotel room he was staying in in the Russian city of Tomsk. Navalny, 44, felt unwell while on a plane on his way from

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French, Swedish Labs Confirm Navalny’s Novichok Poisoning, Germany Says

Three labs have independently confirmed that Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned with the Novichok nerve agent, Germany said Monday, renewing calls for Russia to explain the incident. Germany said earlier this month it had “unquestionable proof” that Navalny, 44, was poisoned with Novichok when he fell ill after boarding a flight in Siberia on Aug. 20. Navalny was flown

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Salisbury all over again

There are numerous parallels to draw, and the pro-Kremlin media has scrambled in an attempt to draw as many as possible. In a striking case of déja vu, pro-Kremlin media is seeking to muddy the waters surrounding the suspected poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny just like it did in 2018 with the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal. The similarities between disinformation messages spread during both incidents are clear: in both cases, the poisonings were described as external provocations, staged by the West or by Britain to impose sanctions and create anti-Russian propaganda. Pro-Kremlin media also presents the poisonings as a sign of domestic political struggle

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Mike and Nick vs. Die Hard Lukashenka

Alyaksandr Lukashenka declared recently that he got proof that Western powers stand behind both the Navalny case and the protests in Belarus. 4 September, the Belarusian security services, KGB (yes, KGB), published an audio recording of a super-secret conversation between officers of the German and Polish special forces, discussing details on the Navalny poisoning and noting that Lukashenka has proven

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UK Says Russian State Link Likely in Navalny Poisoning

Britain on Sunday said Russia had “a very serious set of questions to answer” about the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, suggesting some form of state involvement in the high-profile case. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said it was “clear” the Kremlin critic was poisoned with the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok, which was previously used in an attack against a

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“The German Statement Follows Goebbel’s Laws on Propaganda” The Kremlin, the Navalny Case and the Art of Denial

German experts have concluded that Russian dissident and anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny was poisoned with a military-grade chemical nerve agent of the Novichok group. The German government condemned the attack in the strongest possible terms, as did EU officials and leaders of the EU member states: France, Italy, Estonia… all demanding that Russian authorities explain how an illegal weapon of

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Lukashenko Says ‘Intercepted Call’ Shows Germany ‘Falsified’ Navalny Poisoning Claims

Germany “falsified” its statement that Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned, Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko told Russia’s visiting prime minister Thursday, citing an intercepted conversation. The German government said Wednesday that Navalny, 44, who remains in a medically induced coma and on a ventilator two weeks after falling ill on a flight, was poisoned with a substance from the

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Russian Economy Under Pressure After Navalny Novichok Poisoning

Investors fear sanctions, sending ruble and stock markets into the red. Russia’s economy was under pressure Thursday as calls mounted for new Western sanctions over Germany’s revelation that opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent.  Berlin’s announcement on Wednesday sent the ruble plunging to its lowest level since the height of Russia’s coronavirus epidemic in the

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Kremlin says Germany didn’t inform Moscow of data showing opposition figure Navalny was poisoned with Novichok-like nerve agent

Warning! This article contains a statement from Peskov. Moscow didn’t receive any new data on the poisoning of Alexey Navalny from Berlin. That’s according to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov after German authorities announced that tests found a Novichok-like nerve agent in his system. “No, we didn’t receive this information,” Peskov responded when addressed on the issue. The opposition figure was evacuated to

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