Several media, including the Bellingcat site, the American CNN and the German The mirror on Monday published an investigation accusing chemical weapons experts from the Russian special services of spinning opponent Alexei Navalny, including the day of his suspected poisoning.
Russia has repeatedly denied that the opponent was poisoned in Tomsk on August 20, and claimed that the toxic Novichok-type substance detected by Western laboratories after his hospitalization in Germany was not present in his body when he was hospitalized. ‘he was being treated in Russia.
“Agents in the vicinity of Navalny”
Bellingcat publishes names and portraits of these men presented as specialists in chemicals, such as the nerve agent targeting the Kremlin’s number 1 adversary.
They had been monitoring Alexeï Navalny on a regular basis since 2017, according to this source, which analyzed a quantity of data, including telephone and travel data that were leaked online in Russia.
“These agents were in the vicinity of the opposition activist in the hours and days covering the period during which he was poisoned by a military chemical weapon,” said Bellingcat, who detected 37 trips since 2017 during which Alexei Navalny was followed by one or more of these agents.
“I know who wanted to kill me”, reacts Navalny
“The burden of proof for an innocent explanation seems to rest on the Russian state alone,” said this site, which does not specify having contacted the FSB or the Kremlin for comment.
According to CNN, the Russian presidency declined to comment on the investigation and the FSB did not respond to its request. The article does not establish any direct contact between these agents and the opponent, nor proof of an act or an order given.
“I know who wanted to kill me, I know where they live, I know where they work, I know their real names, I know their aliases and I have their photos”, reacted Alexey Navalny, who takes up in detail the media survey on his blog.
Suspected agents identified by Bellingcat
Bellingcat has repeatedly identified in recent years through data collected online suspected agents involved in Russian special services operations, charges still rejected by Moscow. The site notably published the names of the men of Russian military intelligence responsible, according to it, for the poisoning in England in Novichok of a former double agent, Sergei Skripal.