Navalny Poisioning

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Russia arrests hundreds at protests supporting Alexei Navalny
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Hundreds of people were detained across Russia on Saturday as police used force to break up rallies in cities across the country where protesters demanded Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny's release. Among the arrested was Yulia Navalnaya, Navalny's wife.

Russian authorities had warned people to stay away from the protests, claiming they risked catching the coronavirus and prosecution and possible jail time for attending an unauthorized event.

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European leaders demand Navalny's immediate release

Multiple European leaders, including German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and European Council President Charles Michel, have demanded Alexei Navalny's immediate release on Monday.

“Russia is bound by its own constitution and by international obligations to the principle of the rule of law and to the protection of civil rights,” Maas said in a statement. “These principles must, of course, be applied to Alexei Navalny as well. He should be released immediately.”

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Kremlin critic Navalny has been arrested after landing in Russia
Kremlin critic Navalny has been arrested after landing in Russia
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Russian opposition leader and Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has been arrested upon his arrival in his homeland Russia. A plane of the Russian company Pobeda with the number DP 936 had previously landed at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport in the northwest of the capital.

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Russian authority issues ultimatum for return into the country to Nawalny
Russian authority issues ultimatum for return into the country to Nawalny
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The Russian prison service has ordered Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny to report in person to the authority's office. Should he return to Russia after the deadline, he said, he would face imprisonment. The FSIN prison authority announced this on Monday.

Navalny was released from the hospital on Sept. 20 and has been symptom-free since Oct. 12, the statement said, citing a report in The Lancet journal. Therefore, Navalny had to report to the scene, according to the parole conditions of a prison sentence to which Navalny was sentenced in 2014.

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Russia would have 'finished' the job if it wanted to kill opposition leader Navalny according to Putin

Putin's stated that if Russian special services had wanted to kill opposition politician Alexey Navalny, they would have "finished it" in response to a question at his annual press conference following an investigation by the investigative group Bellingcat and CNN, published Monday, which uncovered evidence that Russia's Federal Security Service (the FSB) formed an elite team specializing in nerve agents that trailed Navalny for years.

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Offices of poisoned Russian opposition leader Navalny raided

According to reports masked uniformed security forces raided the Moscow offices of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

Authorities charged one of his key aides with contempt of court. FBK director and Navalny’s lawyer Ivan Zhdanov tweeted that "I’m being told these are bailiffs looking for 29 million rubles ($375,000) as part of enforcement proceedings".

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Navalny: Russian apartment seized and bank accounts frozen
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Russian opposition figured Alexei Navalny had his Russian apartment seized and his bank accounts frozen after a court order while recovering from suspected poisoning in a Hospital in Berlin, Germany, so his spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh.

"They seized the assets and the apartment of a person who was in a coma," Yarmysh said. "This means the flat cannot be sold, donated or mortgaged."

The move comes after a lawsuit was filed by the Moscow Schoolchild catering company, which is owned by Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin who is known as "Putin's chef".

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Navalny has been discharged from Berlin hospital
Navalny has been discharged from Berlin hospital
Credit: @ChariteBerlin via Twitter

The Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny has been discharged from the Berlin Charité hospital. He had been treated for 32 days at the hospital after being poisoned in Russia.

The hospital has stated that "the patient's state of health has improved to such an extent that the acute medical treatment could be terminated".

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Alexei Navalny pictured walking down stairs, on a "clear road" towards recovering
Alexei Navalny pictured walking down stairs, on a "clear road" towards recovering
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On his Instagram account, the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been pictured walking down stairs, days after the Charité hospital in Berlin said he had been taken off a ventilator and could breathe independently.

In the Instagram post, Navalny wrote: "Let me tell how my recovery is going. It is already a clear path although a long one."

He also stated "Quite recently, I did not recognize people and did not understand how to talk," Navalny wrote. "Every morning the doctor came to me and said: Alexey, I brought a board, let's figure out which word we can write on it. This drove me to despair because although I understood in general what the doctor wanted, I did not understand where to get the words from."

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German government announces that Navalny is awake and plans to return to Russia
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The Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny has awakened from a medically induced coma and seemed mentally sharp according to a senior German security official.

The official stated that "he’s fully aware of his condition, he’s fully aware of what happened and he’s fully aware of where he is" and added that Navalny "wants to go home to Russia and he wants to continue his mission".

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Navalny out of his medically induced coma, responds to verbal stimuli

The Berlin university hospital Charité has announced that the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny "has been removed from his medically induced coma and is being weaned off mechanical ventilation".

Navalny is able to respond to verbal stimulation, but "it remains too early to gauge the potential long-term effects of his severe poisoning".

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Trump says Putin and him "get along" when asked about Navalny poisoning

During a news conference, United States president Donald Trump has stated in regards to the assassination attack on the Russian opposition politician Alexey Navalny that he doesn't "know exactly what happened. I think it's tragic. It's terrible; it shouldn't happen. We haven't had any proof yet, but I will take a look". He added that "I do get along with President Putin" who is the main political opponent of Navalny. 

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Navalny poisoning should have international consequences according to NATO
Representative image of Jens Stoltenberg in 2020
Representative image of Jens Stoltenberg in 2020 Credit: U.S. Secretary of Defense (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has stated that "the use of such a weapon is horrific. All allies today were united in condemning this attack" as Navalny is recovering in a German hospital from the assassination attack.

He added that "this is not just an attack on an individual but on fundamental democratic rights. And it is a serious breach of international law which demands an international response".

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German opposition pressures Merkel to end Nord Stream 2 support after Navalny poisoning
German opposition pressures Merkel to end Nord Stream 2 support after Navalny poisoning
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The German Green party is urging Angela Merkel to use the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to press the Kremlin over the poisoning of the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

Katrin Göring-Eckardt, the Green's co-chair, said: "This openly attempted murder through the Kremlin’s mafia-like structures should not just worry us but needs to have real consequences."

At her annual Summer press conference, Angela Merkel stated, "Our opinion is that Nord Stream 2 should be completed ... I don't think it is appropriate to link this business-operated project with the Navalny question."

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German government states that Navalny has been poisoned with Novichok

A special laboratory of the German Federal Armed Forces has carried out a toxicological investigation on samples of Alexei Navalny. This revealed the unequivocal proof of a chemical nerve agent of the Novichok group.

The German government states that "it is a shocking event that Alexei Navalny has become the victim of an attack with a chemical nerve agent in Russia" and "condemns this attack in the strongest terms".

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EU calls for independent investigation in Nawalny case

In the case of the allegedly poisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Nawalny, the EU is demanding that Russia conduct an "independent and transparent investigation". The European Union strongly condemns the alleged "attack on Nawalny's life", EU Foreign Affairs Commissioner Josep Borrell declared in Brussels on Monday evening.

It is "imperative" that the Russian authorities launch an independent investigation "without delay" into the alleged attack on Nawalny's life, Borrell demanded. The Russian people and the international community wanted to know "the facts behind Mr. Nawalny's poisoning. Those responsible for the attack must be "brought to justice".

The Berlin clinic Charité, where the prominent critic is being treated by Russia's President Vladimir Putin, assumes after a thorough investigation that the 44-year-old was poisoned.

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German government: Alexei Navalny 'likely poisoned,'

According to the statement of a German government spokesman it was likely that Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny was poisoned.

Personal protection for the Russian opposition leader is "necessary" a spokesman said. Doctors at a hospital where he was treated in Russia, however, have denied outside influence or the possibility of poisoning.

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Alexei Navalny arrives in Berlin for medical treatment
Alexei Navalny arrives in Berlin for medical treatment
Credit: Никита Баталов @nikbatalov Коммерсант ФМ

Alexey Navalny, the Russian opposition leader and Vladimir Putin critic, has arrived Saturday in the Charite hospital in Berlin, after a evacuation flight from Omsk.

The hospital confirmed Navalny was admitted and that an "extensive medical diagnosis" is being carried out.

Jaka Bizilj, founder of the German NGO Cinemas for Peace, said to reporters: "The good news is that he's stable, so the whole travel did not affect him," Bizilj said. "But there is no reason to celebrate, because he is in a very critical condition. So the real work starts now with the doctors at the Charite."

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Russian opposition leader has arrived in Germany
Russian opposition leader has arrived in Germany
Credit: Никита Баталов @nikbatalov Коммерсант ФМ (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0)

Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny, who fell seriously ill on Thursday and has been in a coma in Omsk since then, has been flown to Germany. The permission had been announced by a doctor at the hospital treating him on Friday. Earlier, doctors in Omsk, Siberia, had declared that the 44-year-old was not fit for transport.

He will now treated in the university clinic Charité. 

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Russian opposition leader Nawalny not stable enough for transport to Germany
Russian opposition leader Nawalny not stable enough for transport to Germany
Credit: Presse statement from FBK Director Ivan Zhdanov and Alexey's wife Yulia Navalnaya

According to the doctors of the Russian opposition leader Alexej Nawalny is in an unstable condition and not be fit for transport to Germany.

Navalny's spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh has stated on Twitter that they appeal to the European Court of Human Rights "with an application for taking urgent precautionary measures in accordance with paragraph 39 of the Regulations. We demand to prohibit the Russian authorities from preventing the transportation of Navalny to a medical facility. Prolonged transportation may cause irreparable harm to life and health".

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Russian opposition leader Nawalny to be treated in Germany
Russian opposition leader Nawalny to be treated in Germany
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The German chancellor Angela Merkel has offered to treat Nawalny in a German hospital. According to his spokeswoman, he has been poisoned. Activists now want to have him flown out to Berlin for treatment as he is currently in a coma.

The Charité in Berlin has promised to treat Nawalny, and currently, the necessary flight permits are still being obtained. Nawalny is to be brought from Omsk, where he is in hospital, by a plane chartered in Germany. Earlier, the newspaper "Bild" had reported on the plans.