Navalny asks Russian authorities for his clothes, says it’s ‘vital proof’

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Navalny is currently being treated at the Berlin Charity Hospital, after being seriously ill on a flight from the Siberian city of Tomsk to Moscow a month ago.

Last week, Navalny collaborators said they took items from his hotel room in Tomsk, Germany, where a lab later found traces of a nerve agent on one of the water bottles it was in. he had apparently been drinking. Navalny’s colleague who gathered the items in Tomsk, chief investigator Georgy Alburov, previously told CNN that the water bottle was not necessarily the item used to poison the Kremlin critic, suggesting that the substance could have been placed on another object.

In a statement on Monday, Navalny said: “One thing interests me now: my clothes. That is, the clothes I wore on the day of the poisoning, August 20. 30 days of “pre-investigation control” were used to hide this vital evidence.

“Before allowing me to go to Germany, they took off all my clothes and I was sent there completely naked. Considering the fact that Novichok was found on my body and that a contact poisoning method is very likely, my clothes are very important physical evidence. ”

The German government said the Kremlin critic was poisoned with a chemical agent from the Soviet-era Novichok Group, a finding supported by two other laboratories in France and Sweden. The Kremlin has firmly denied any involvement, but several questions remain.Over the weekend, Navalny said he was still unable to use his phone properly or pour himself a glass of water, but was on a ‘clear road’ to almost recovering from his poisoning. mortal.

He posted a photo of himself walking down a staircase on Saturday, writing that he was regaining his physical and mental abilities.

Monday’s statement from Navalny comes a month after the alleged intoxication and was timed to coincide with the expiration date of a preliminary investigation into the incident, which has not resulted in a criminal investigation.

Navalny spokesman Kira Yarmysh said in a statement Monday that the Russian government had turned a blind eye to the incident.

“30 days is the maximum period of ‘pre-investigation check’ and it cannot be extended,” Yarmysh said. “Therefore, we can now say that the Russian government has officially decided to ignore the poisoning of Navalny. ”

The Kremlin had previously said it was seeking to launch a criminal investigation into the matter. Russian authorities said the poisoning was a version of what may have happened to the Leader of the Opposition, but this “has not been confirmed as no toxic substances were found in the patient’s blood. Omsk and in the Moscow laboratories ”.

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