Serious allegations: EU instigates sanctions against Russia in the Navalny case
Several samples confirm that the Russian opposition politician Alexey Navalny was poisoned. Now the EU has decided to impose sanctions on Russia. Follow the events in the news ticker.
In the Navalny case, the EU initiates sanctions for Russia
Monday, October 12, 2:29 p.m .: After the poison attack on the Kremlin critic Alexej Navalny, the EU is launching new Russia sanctions. The foreign ministers of the EU states agreed on Monday at a meeting in Luxembourg to begin the necessary preparations, as the German press agency learned from several diplomats.
Germany and France had previously proposed EU punitive measures for the attack with a military nerve agent from the Novichok group. They justified the move by stating that Russia had not yet complied with requests for a complete investigation of the crime.
So far, Russia has not provided a credible explanation of the cruel attempted murder, a statement said. It is therefore of the opinion that “there is no plausible explanation for the poisoning of Mr. Navalny other than Russian involvement and responsibility”.
According to the plans of the two countries, the punitive measures are to be targeted at individuals “who, due to their official function, are considered responsible for this crime and the violation of international legal norms, as well as at an institution that is involved in the Novichok program”. Details have not yet been given.
Schröder denies Putin’s “covert payments”
3:26 p.m .: Former Chancellor Schröder has denied having received payments from Russian President Vladimir Putin. He understands the situation in Navalny, but his statements that Schröder had received “covert payments” from Putin were simply wrong.
Navalny calls former Chancellor Schröder a “Putin’s errand boy”
06.32 a.m .: The Kremlin critic Alexej Navalny has described former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder (SPD) as an “errand boy” of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Navalny told the “Bild” newspaper that it was “very disappointing” that the former Chancellor had declared that there were no reliable facts about the poison attack on him. “After all, he is the former chancellor of the most powerful country in Europe,” said Navalny. “Now Schröder is Putin’s errand boy who protects murderers”.
Schröder heads the board of directors of Nord Stream 2 AG, the project company for the controversial Baltic Sea pipeline Nord Stream 2, in which the Russian energy company Gazprom is formally the sole shareholder. He is also chairman of the supervisory board of the largest Russian oil company, Rosneft. Critics accuse him of lobbying the Kremlin in his position.
Navalny told the “Bild” newspaper that Schröder was “paid by Putin”. “I don’t know what kind of covert payments he got from Putin,” added Navalny, whose foundation has repeatedly uncovered cases of corruption in Russia. “There is an official payment and I have no doubt that there are covert payments as well. This is my personal opinion as a lawyer who has investigated Rosneft and Gazprom for several years.”
He had “no document that says in black and white: Here, Mr. Schröder, this is your briefcase full of money,” said Navalny. “But I have no doubt that Schröder will receive covert payments.”
Federal government announces: Chemical weapons organization confirms Novichok use against Navalny
Tuesday, October 6th, 4:56 p.m .: The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has confirmed that Russian Kremlin opponent Alexei Navalny has been poisoned with a chemical neurotoxin from the Novichok group. The results of the reference laboratories commissioned by the OPCW agreed with the results that had already been achieved by special laboratories in Germany, Sweden and France, said government spokesman Steffen Seibert in Berlin on Tuesday.
Navalny convinced: “I claim that Putin was behind the act”
10:41 a.m .: Who poisoned Kremlin critic Navalny? In an interview with Der Spiegel, he himself was convinced: “I claim that Putin was behind the crime, and I have no other versions of the course of events. I am not saying this to flatter myself, but based on facts. The most important thing The fact is Novichok. The order to use or manufacture it can only come from two men – the head of the FSB or the foreign intelligence service SWR. ” Both are subordinate to Putin.
The Kremlin chief did not want to let him out of the country after he was poisoned. That is why it was declared “not fit for transport”, Navalny suspects. The “Spiegel” quotes him as saying: “They were waiting for me to die.” It was only because of the support for him and the efforts of his wife that this case did not occur.
Opposition politician Navalny suspects: “For two years we were exerted unprecedented pressure: several searches a week, confiscation of office equipment, account freezes, arrests, attempts to force people out of Russia. But our organization continues to exist, we have 40 regional headquarters I am making mere speculations here. But maybe they said to themselves: We tried to do it well, but if these methods don’t work, then you have to resort to extreme means. “
Navalny collapsed on the plane: “And then I’ll lie down on the ground in front of him to die”
10.18 a.m .: Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny also spoke to Der Spiegel about the day he was poisoned. He still felt good at the airport and was looking forward to the weekend with his family. The moment when the Novichok poison began to work can hardly be described. Navalny tried it anyway: “Organophosphates attack your nervous system like a DDoS attack on the computer – that is an overload that ruins you. You can no longer concentrate. I feel: Something is wrong, I have a cold sweat. I ask Kira next to me around a handkerchief. Then I tell her: Talk to me! I have to hear a voice, something is strange with me. “
On the plane he went to the toilet and washed himself with cold water. Navalny felt no pain, but knew that he would die. Der Spiegel quoted the Kremlin critic as saying: “I leave the toilet, turn to the steward – and instead of asking for help, I say, to my surprise,” I was poisoned. I’m dying. “And then I lie down on the floor in front of him to die. He’s the last thing I see: a face that looks at me with a slight surprise and a slight smile.” Navalny was firmly convinced that the poison would kill him – which ultimately did not come true.
From the moment he noticed that something was wrong to the moment when the opposition party passed out, around 30 minutes should have passed. Navalny told “Spiegel”: “If it hadn’t been for this chain of happy circumstances – the pilots made an emergency landing in Omsk, the ambulance was at the airport immediately, I was given atropine within an hour and a half – then I would have died.”
Navalny about Merkel’s bedside visit: “And she said: ‘I only did what was my duty'”
09:57 a.m .: The Russian opposition politician Alexey Navalny gave the “Spiegel” its first major interview after the poison attack. He spoke to the journalists of the news magazine about his near-death experience and the moment when Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) visited him in the hospital.
Right at the beginning of the conversation, the Kremlin critic made it clear: “It is important to me that this interview appears in the German press. I have never had close ties to Germany. I don’t know anyone here. I didn’t know a single politician. And now it’s like that surrendered – you see, my voice is shaking, I have become so maudlin – that German politicians and Angela Merkel of all people took part in my fate and saved my life. ” Navalny thanked the Germans for their sympathy in his fate. He’s getting a little better every day.
That Merkel visited him in the hospital was surprising for Navalny. Although he could not report anything about the details, he had not discussed anything “sensational or secret” with the Chancellor. Nevertheless, he was impressed by the Chancellor. Der Spiegel quoted Navalny as saying: “I was impressed by how well she knows Russia and my case. She knows some details better than I do. She really has a deep understanding of what is going on in Russia.” Merkel said to him at the bedside: “I only did what was my duty.”
Navalny gives interview: “I’m not afraid”
8:20 am: After he was poisoned, the Kremlin opponent Alexei Navalny blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin for the crime in an interview with “Spiegel”.
“I claim that Putin was behind the crime and I have no other versions of the crime,” Navalny told the news magazine. As the “Spiegel” announced on Thursday, the 44-year-old announced the day before during an editorial visit to Berlin that he would be returning to Russia. “My job now is to stay the guy who’s not scared. And I’m not scared!”
The Russian government denies that there was poisoning and speaks of provocation and staging. The most prominent opponent of Kremlin chief Putin is said to have been poisoned with the neurotoxin of the Novichok group. The warfare agent is outlawed under the international ban on chemical weapons. Russian intelligence officials and members of the government repeatedly emphasized that all supplies of the deadly poison developed during the Soviet era had been destroyed. Regarding the attack on August 20, Navalny said: “You don’t feel any pain, but you know you are dying.”
Navalny in rehab
After his discharge from the Charité Clinic in Berlin, the politician is now undergoing a rehabilitation measure to regain his strength. Navalny, who is accompanied “around the clock” by bodyguards after the “Spiegel” presentation, had repeatedly spoken in social networks over the past few days.
The case has once again significantly exacerbated tensions in German-Russian relations. Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU), who had also visited Navalny in the clinic, called on Russia to investigate the crime. Moscow, however, demands evidence of poisoning and refuses to investigate the criminal case until then.
Kremlin critic collapsed on flight
Navalny collapsed on August 20 while on a domestic flight in Russia and was later brought to Germany for treatment. He lay there in an artificial coma for weeks. According to the findings of a Bundeswehr special laboratory, he was poisoned with the warfare agent of the Novitschok group. Laboratories in France and Sweden are also said to have confirmed this. The test results of the
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