New details of the poisoning of Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny have appeared. According to German experts, the traces of Novichok were also found on other personal belongings of Navalny, apart from a bottle of water on which the nerve agent had been identified.
This conclusion can be drawn from the federal government’s response to an inquiry filed by the Bundestag members from the Alternative for Germany right-wing populist party.
In particular, the question: “Are there, as far as the federal government knows, other items with traces of Novichok agent on them in the Navalny case, apart from a water bottle?” was answered in the affirmative.
The answer does not specify where exactly the agent was found, only confirming that it was identified not only on the water bottle. In total, the inquiry contains 76 questions, more than a dozen of which relate to the mentioned bottle.
On 20 August, Alexei Navalny fell ill on a flight. The plane landed, and the politician was urgently hospitalised. Later, the opposition activist was taken to the Charité Hospital in Berlin. It was confirmed that Navalny had been poisoned and was kept in a medically-induced coma.
On 14 September, the German government announced that three independent specialist labs, including those in France and Sweden, had confirmed that Navalny had been poisoned by a substance from the Novichok group. Russia denies all charges.