Russian Agent Tricked Into Revealing Plot to Poison Navalny

Remigio Civitarese
Dicembre 21, 2020

The "investigation" of opposition figure Alexey Navalny about alleged actions taken against him is a planned provocation, Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) said on Monday.

"I called my killer".

Online investigators have previously identified Mr Kudryavtsev's role as one of six in a Russian intelligence team specialising in toxins and nerve agents - and part of a wider operation that has trailed Mr Navalny since 2017. Navalny was treated in Germany, where he remains in an undisclosed location after being released from the hospital.

The man insisted that he was not aware of all the details of the operation but said that they had been instructed to wash Mr Navalny's underwear, which were supposed to have the highest concentration of the toxin.

CNN could not confirm that Kudryavtsev was also in Tomsk when the poison was used.

Russian Federation claims that the Novichok-type toxic substance detected by Western laboratories after his hospitalization in Germany was not present in his body when treated in Russian Federation.

Toxicologists consulted by CNN say that if applied in granular form to clothes, the Novichok would be absorbed through the skin when the victim begins to sweat.

The 44-year-old Kremlin critic fell suddenly ill on a plane from Siberia to Moscow in August before it made an emergency landing at a nearby airport.

"The flight is about three hours, this is a long flight", Kudryavtsev said on the call. Kudryavtsev recently took part in a meeting that he reportedly thought was a debriefing with the Russian National Security Council, but according to CNN, he actually told everything to Navalny himself.

"If you don't land the plane the effect would've been different and the result would've been different". Using a spoofed telephone number and posing as an assistant for Russian National Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, Navalny himself called Konstantin Kudryavtsev (a chemical-weapons specialist, according to Bellingcat) and spent almost an hour questioning him about the failed attempt to poison him in August.

Navalny, who is convalescing in Germany, said the report proved beyond doubt that FSB operatives tried to kill him on the orders of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"When we arrived, they gave it to us, brought by local Omsk comrades [them] With the police, "Kudryavtsev said in the call, they used solutions, so there were no traces on the clothes".

Earlier this month, Russian officials brushed off the investigation by Bellingcat and other media outlets.

Kudryavtsev's responses in the 45-minute call provide the first direct evidence of the unit's involvement in poisoning Navalny.

The Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov acknowledged Navalny's surveillance - because, as he puts it, "the growing "ears" of foreign special services".

Navalny told CNN Monday that he did not believe the new revelations would lead to an investigation in Russian Federation.

Navalny fell sick on August 20 during a domestic flight in Russian Federation and was flown to Berlin while still in a coma for treatment two days later.

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