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Contrary to the Western consensus that Navalny was poisoned with the knowledge of Russian officials, the Kremlin has repeatedly rubbished any suggestions of its involvement. On October 10, the Russian Foreign Ministry once again noted that Germany and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons had failed to provide the Kremlin with official proof of the poison being Novichok, claiming Berlin had ignored four official requests.
On Thursday, in response to allegations of Navalny’s poisoning, the European Union sanctioned six Russian officials thought to be involved in the “assassination attempt.” Those on the list are now banned from entering the EU and have had their assets frozen. Not citing any concrete evidence, the bloc’s official document stated that it is “reasonable to conclude” that the six named Russians had knowledge of the alleged attack.
Navalny fell ill on August 20, on a flight from Tomsk to Moscow. After an emergency landing in Omsk, he was admitted to a local hospital. Two days later, while in an induced coma, the opposition figure was flown to the Charité clinic in Berlin at his family and associates’ request.
According to German doctors, the results of clinical studies indicate he was poisoned with a substance from the Novichok group of nerve agents. This claim has been denied by Russian doctors, who say they found no trace of poison in his body. On September 23, he was discharged from the hospital and is currently undergoing rehabilitation in Germany.
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