France and Sweden asked to clarify research on Navalny

Friday, 18 September, 2020 - 14:55

The Prosecutor General's Office of the Russian Federation sent inquiries to France and Sweden on the incident with opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

The Russian Prosecutor General's Office requested legal assistance from France and Sweden on the incident - the poisoning of opposition leader Navalny, according to Berlin, by Novichok.

As stated in the message of the Russian department, appeals to the French and Swedish colleagues were sent on the basis of the European Convention on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters. Requests are dated September 18th.

The Prosecutor General's Office indicated that the petitions contain a request for "toxicological studies of Navalny's biomaterials, as well as a survey of foreign experts" conducted on the territory of foreign states.

Sweden has previously confirmed the Bundeswehr's findings that a Novichok was identified in Navalny's samples. However, no substantiation or any evidence was presented.

Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported that the blogger's analyzes were also secretly taken in Berlin by representatives of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). According to Moscow, for this purpose, almost a special operation was carried out to take samples for additional study.

It was noted that Navalny's analyzes were sent to two laboratories. The ministry admitted that it may soon turn out that the research was carried out in the notorious British Porton Down or in a laboratory in the Swiss Spitz. Both have already appeared in the high-profile case of the Skripal poisoning.