Expert: Story about Navalny's poisoning with a warfare agent is a sham

23.09.2020, Moscow.

The story about Navalny’s poisoning with a warfare nerv agent is an absolute sham, Associate Professor of Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration Sergey Karnaukhov said on September 23 on the air of the Vesti FM radio station.

“There is a brilliant idea in leak published by Le Monde that Alexei Navalny repeatedly malingered, and here we see an absolutely staged picture: either Navalny brought himself artificially into this state, or his colleagues from the Anti-Corruption Foundation artificially brought him into this state to put Navalny into ‘Tikhanovskaya-Guaido’ orbit,” Karnaukhov said.

He reminded that when an office was searched while investigating Kivelidi’s case, his secretary Zara Ismailova died after attending the office, but in that case, there was one drop of a poisonous substance, which was found on the phone receiver in the Kivelidi’s office.

“It is interesting that about a dozen employees investigating in the office were then in a critical condition. It was just one drop in a large banker’s office with an air conditioner,” the expert noted.

Correspondingly, the story that Navalny had been attacked with a warfare agent was an absolute sham. In his opinion, however, the leak of Le Monde suggests that the other version is a staged provocation directed against Russia.

On September 22, the French newspaper Le Monde published a story retelling the conversation between the Russian and French presidents about the situation with Alexei Navalny.

Macron stated that he needed official explanations from Russia because private organizations could not use “Novichok”.

Putin in response called Navalny a simple Internet scandalist and explained that he had already portrayed himself as sick before. According to Le Monde, Putin accused Navalny and his Anti-Corruption Foundation of blackmailing politicians and officials.

In 1995, the head of Rosbiznebank Ivan Kivelidi was poisoned. This is the only documented case of the use of “Novichok”-type to nerve agents.

On August 1, 1995, Kivelidi became ill and he fainted. The next day, Zara Ismailova, Kivelidi’s secretary, was brought to hospital with similar symptoms and subsequently died. The staff who conducted the search also became ill.

While the specialists were figuring out with what kind substance Kivelidi and his secretary had been poisoned, another person died – a specialist of the Forensic Examination Center under the Ministry of Justice, who conducted an autopsy of the banker’s body and studied his liver.

As a result, it turned out that Vladimir Khutsishvili, a member of the Board of Directors of Rosbiznesbank, poisoned Kivelidi. He received the poison through several intermediaries. The substance in the glass ampoule first got through acquaintances to a riot police officer in Riga, who had acquaintances in a laboratory in Shikhany, Saratov region.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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