The German government says Alexei Navalny poisoned Novichok


The German government says tests on a sample of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is being treated at a Berlin hospital, have shown signs of nerve agent Novichok.

The German government says Alexei Navalny poisoned Novichok


Navalny, a fierce critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, fell ill on August 20 on a flight back to Moscow from Siberia.

He was taken to a hospital in Omsk and later transferred to Berlin’ where doctors said there were indications that he had been, poisoned.

A spokeswoman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Steffen Seibert, said in a statement that tests carried out by a special military laboratory had revealed evidence of a chemical neuron agent of the Novichek group.

Novichek, a Soviet-era nerve agent, was used’ in Britain to poison former Russian spy Sergei Scribal and his daughter. It is a cholinesterase inhibitor, part of a class of substances that doctors at a Berlin hospital initially identified in the charity Neville.

Seibert said the German government would inform its partners in the European Union and NATO of the test results. He said he would consult with his partners on the appropriate joint response in light of the Russian response.

Neville's allies in Russia have insisted that the country’s authorities deliberately poisoned him, an accusation that the Kremlin has dismissed as "empty noise."

Russian doctors treating Navalny in Siberia have repeatedly challenged the closure of a German hospital, saying they had rejected the poison as a diagnosis and that their toxic substances had returned negative.

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