Navalny case: Merkel visit to the hospital bed – “I did what was my duty”

Several samples confirm that the Russian opposition politician Alexey Navalny was poisoned. The evidence from a Bundeswehr laboratory was already available, and international results will now follow. Now the pressure on Russia is growing. Follow the events in the news ticker.

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 subjected to unprecedented pressure: several searches a week, confiscation of office equipment, account freezes, arrests, an attempt to force people out of Russia. But our organization continues to exist, we have 40 regional headquarters I am making pure speculation here. But maybe they said to themselves: We tried to do 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 that’s the way it is surrendered – you see, my voice is trembling, 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 stressed 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 results of the investigation by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are currently eagerly awaited. After that, Russia is threatened with new sanctions.

Merkel visited Navalny at the Charité

Monday: September 28, 7:56 a.m .: Chancellor Angela Merkel receives regular reports on the recovery of the poisoned Russian opposition activist Alexej Navalny. That said the closest confidante and chief of staff of Navalnys, Leonid Wolkow, in an interview with RTL / ntv. Volkov about Merkel: “As far as I know, she is following things very closely and is very well informed.” According to information from German government circles, Merkel has also visited Navalny once during his hospital stay. At the same time, Volkov made it clear that Navalny was personally “very grateful” to Germany and Merkel for their contribution to saving him. “There were many different little things that contributed to this miracle. And what Ms. Merkel did was no small matter, but I think that other things were also very important. “

Wolkow does not want to see the political debate about the consequences of the attack narrowed to the controversial North Sea gas pipeline “Nortstream2”. Volkov: “What happened is so important and is actually so important that in 2020 Russia will have an opposition party poisoned with a chemical weapon. That is much more important than a pipeline. ”If it comes to a political discussion with the Chancellor, they will“ probably discuss a lot of things, but not the pipeline, ”Wolkow continued.

Russian bailiffs confiscate Navalny’s items – and freeze his assets

Thursday, September 24th, 4:13 p.m.: A Russian court has apparently frozen the assets of Russian opposition politician Alexej Navalny while he was being treated for poisoning at the Charité in Berlin. Navalny’s spokeswoman Kira Jarmysch said in a video message on Thursday that part of Navalny’s Moscow apartment and his bank accounts were affected by the measure.

A court fined Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Fund (FBK) with a fine of 88 million rubles (around one million euros) after the lawyer Lyubov Sobol uncovered a scandal during the execution of a government contract for school meals.

Navalny’s share is around 30 million rubles, it said, which is why the bailiffs are now targeting Navalny’s property. After his return, Navalny can live in the apartment. But he can no longer sell them, for example, as Jarmysch explained. The apartment is located in the most populous Moscow district of Maryino.

Kremlin critic Navalny released from inpatient treatment at Charité in Berlin

Wednesday, September 23, 9.11 a.m .: One month after his admission to the Berlin Charité, the poisoned Russian opposition politician Alexej Navalny was released from inpatient treatment. The health of the 44-year-old had “improved so much that the acute medical treatment could be ended” by the time he was released on Tuesday, the university hospital announced on Wednesday.

Navalny was admitted to the Charité on August 22, after collapsing two days earlier during a flight in Russia – according to the German government, Navalny was “undoubtedly” poisoned with a chemical nerve agent from the so-called Novichok group.

New photo published: Navalny stands on the stairs and thanks “brilliant doctors” from the Charité

3:49 p.m .: The Kremlin critic Alexej Navalny, who was being treated for severe poisoning in Berlin, has published a new picture of himself, standing on a staircase in the Berlin University Hospital Charité. The 44-year-old thanked the clinic’s “brilliant doctors” in the message published on Instagram on Saturday. “They made me from a ‘technically lively person’ to someone who has every chance of becoming a high form of modern society again,” he wrote. He becomes someone who quickly uses Instagram again and “understands without thinking where a like belongs”.

“Now I’m a guy who’s legs tremble when he walks the stairs,” he wrote, matching the picture on the steps. He holds on to the railing with blue gloves. A short time ago, however, he had not even recognized people or understood how to talk. “That drove me to despair because I basically already understood what the doctor wanted, but I didn’t know where to get the words from.” He just kept silent because he couldn’t express his despair.

Navalny’s team: Kremlin critic was poisoned in the hotel room

Thursday, September 17th, 10:05 am: Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny may have been poisoned in the hotel room – not at the airport. His team writes that alongside a video on Instagram. It is said that poison residues were found on a water bottle in his hotel room in the city of Tomsk. German and international researchers had come to the conclusion that Navalny was poisoned with the neurotoxin Novitschok. Russia continues to deny this.

In view of the allegations of the murder attack from Germany, Moscow had recently claimed that Navalny was possibly only poisoned after his departure. The Kremlin emphasized several times that Russian doctors could not have found any symptoms of intoxication.

Navalny had collapsed on August 20 from a flight from Tomsk to Moscow. The machine had to make a stopover in Omsk. Navalny was put into an artificial coma and ventilated in the hospital. On August 22nd he was flown to Germany, where he is being treated at the Charité in Berlin.

Navalny reports from the sickbed for the first time

Tuesday, September 15, 11:52 a.m .: The Kremlin critic Alexej Navalny spoke up for the first time from his sickbed in Berlin just four weeks after being poisoned. “Hello, this is Navalny. I missed you,” it said on Tuesday in a message on Instagram that was published on his behalf. “I still can hardly do anything, but yesterday I was breathing on my own all day.” A photo showed how the 44-year-old was sitting on his sick bed, visibly weak, and being hugged by his wife Julia. His two children were also there.

Navalny has been treated at the Berlin Charité since August 22nd. He is considered one of the harshest critics of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Several special laboratories have found that the opponent was poisoned with a nerve agent from the Novichok group. However, Russia claims not to be involved in the case and is demanding evidence of poisoning.

Navalny was in an artificial coma for weeks. At the beginning of the week, the Charité announced that his condition had improved and that he could even temporarily leave his sickbed.

Can temporarily get out of bed: Alexej Navalny’s health has improved

15.05: According to a statement from the Charité in Berlin, Alexej Navalny’s health has continued to improve. It states that Navalny could be “weaned from mechanical ventilation”, so he can breathe independently again. In addition, he could move more and more and temporarily leave the sickbed.

International laboratories confirm Novichok poisoning of Navalny

Monday, September 14, 10.11 a.m .: The federal government has had the German laboratory findings on the poisoning of the Russian oppositionist Alexej Navalny checked in other EU countries. Laboratories in France and Sweden had confirmed the findings in independent studies, said government spokesman Steffen Seibert on Monday in Berlin.

The German government reiterated its demand “that Russia declare itself to the events”.

Navalny was supposed to die on the plane – and got even harder poisonous form

6:36 p.m .: In the case of the poisoned Russian opposition activist Alexej Navalny, according to a “Spiegel” report, there are increasing indications that the Kremlin may have been involved in the attack. The substance found is said to be a further development of previously known compositions of the nerve agent Novitschok, as the magazine reported in advance on Friday from its new issue. The poison is even “harder” than previous forms, said the President of the Federal Intelligence Service (BND), Bruno Kahl, in a secret round.

According to the report, the composition of the toxin is the most important indicator for the German government as to whether Russia’s head of state Vladimir Putin could be involved in the case. The more complex, new and rare the chemical composition of the poison, the more likely it is that someone can only get hold of it with the help of the Russian state apparatus. The German security authorities are currently assuming that only a Russian secret service could have poisoned Navalny himself on the way to or at the airport.

Since the Kremlin critic was demonstrably closely monitored by the Russian domestic intelligence service FSB, no other option is seen, the magazine reported. According to the security authorities, the perpetrators’ calculation was that Navalny would die while on board the aircraft. Only the pilot’s courageous emergency landing in Omsk and treatment with an antidote in the local hospital would have saved his life.

Navalny was poisoned during a campaign tour in Siberia. President Vladimir Putin’s opponent collapsed on a domestic flight, was first hospitalized in Russia and was transferred to the Berlin Charité after two days. In the meantime, the 44-year-old has been brought out of the artificial coma by the Berlin doctors and can be contacted.

According to the federal government, a Bundeswehr laboratory has proven “beyond any doubt” that Navalny was poisoned with a neurotoxin from the Novitschok group, which was developed in the former Soviet Union. Since this declaration, tensions between Berlin and Moscow have intensified massively.

Aggressive expansion of Russia

6:18 p.m .: Florian Hahn (CDU / CSU) condemns the “devious attack”. “I find it unbearable how representatives of the AfD and the left are trying to play down the role of Russia.” One must find an appropriate answer to Russia. A hasty attitude by Nord Stream 2 is not suitable for this.

6.13 p.m .: Christoph Matschie (SPD) says: “We have to fundamentally rethink our relationship with Russia.” But one still has to act with a cool mind. “The crime scene is in Russia”, so the authorities there would have to investigate immediately and not wait for data from the federal government. “A considered European answer is needed,” said Matschie. He does not want to commit to a construction stop on Nord Stream 2 yet.

6:06 p.m .: Norbert Röttgen (CDU / CSU) is certain: “The Navalny case is a clear one.” The perpetrators are to be found in the Russian security apparatus. The AfD and the Left would want to look elsewhere. “The Navalny case is not an isolated case,” he says, he has a system.

Röttgen denounces Russia’s aggressive expansion. That is contrary to international law. He calls for consequences for the Russian state. Nord Stream 2 is the linchpin of whether Putin understands how serious Germany is. “I appeal to everyone not to let this momentum slip away.” Europe must work together on this issue.

6 p.m .: Manuel Sarrazin (Alliance 90 / Greens) denounces: “Political murder is part of the Putin system.” Sticking to Nord Stream 2 is an agreement with this system. The federal government must add clarity to its policy.

“Why is the Russian government so stupid?”

5:54 p.m .: Dr. Daniela de Ridder (FDP) points out that the circumstances of the Navalny poisoning have not been clarified. She demands clarification from Russia. “The Putin regime is throwing smoke candles.” Russia does not need German administrative assistance to initiate investigations.

5.49 p.m .: Armin-Paul Hampel (AfD) criticizes the federal government. “Why is the Russian government so stupid?” The attack was designed much too obviously, the evidence too clear. Why should the Russians behave so stupidly? He asked. “The federal government shows reflexively at the Kremlin.”

“An ice-cold, poisonous winter is falling over the Russian opposition”

5.43 p.m .: Roderich Kiesewetter (CDU / CSU) says that the discussion in the Bundestag shows that all parliamentary groups except one condemn the “cowardly attack” on Navalny. He is grateful to the federal government for acting decisively. “What is the real scandal?” – not a word of enlightenment or regret. The protection of those who think differently is completely lacking in Russia. “An ice-cold, poisonous winter is falling over the Russian opposition,” says Kiesewetter. You have to say goodbye to a romantic idea of ​​foreign policy – to a realpolitik.

17:38: Amira Mohamed Ali (Die Linke) says: “We have to cooperate – but from both.” The crime against Navalny should not be used to stop the construction of Nord Stream 2. “That would be madness.” From an ecological point of view, a construction freeze would not make sense because then American fracking gas would have to be used.

“Put Nord Stream 2 out of ice now”

5.30 p.m .: Renata Alt (FDP): “The poison attack on Navalny was also an attack on the hope of a democratic Russia.” She finds it unbearable how people are treated in the country – although she likes Russia. The alienation from Russia and the West is unbearable for them. Critics would be eliminated just like that. The FDP condemns the “perfidious poisoning of Alexej Navalny”.

Russia must seek serious clarification. “We want good and trusting relations with Russia.” Foreign Minister Heiko Maas must challenge Russia at all levels. The politician wants a construction freeze on Nord Stream 2. “Put Nord Stream 2 out of ice now,” Alt demands of the federal government.

5:21 pm: Tino Chrupalla (AfD): He doubts that the attack was carried out by Russia. “There is a lack of conclusive evidence. There are more unanswered questions than answered. ”The German government is taking the Navalny case as an opportunity to possibly stop the Nord Stream 2 project. Chrupalla is in favor of the project because it promises “energy security”. “The AfD firmly rejects renewed sanctions against Russia.”

Hardt demands clarification from Russia

5.16pm: Jürgen Hardt (CDU / CSU) criticizes the fact that numerous murders in the past are related to state agencies of the Russian government. He demands clarification from Russia – on behalf of Germany and the EU. A complete, transparent processing is necessary.

However, Russia’s “fogging tactics” cast doubt on the will of the Enlightenment. A “common voice of the EU” is more promising than going it alone. He points out that the toxin used at Navalny is internationally banned. Hardt is not convinced that canceling Nord Stream 2 would help punish Russia. That is striking.

5:11 p.m .: Agnieszka Brugger (Alliance 90 / Greens) speaks about the Russian opposition politician Alexej Navalny: “That is the courage that autocrats like Vladimir Putin are afraid of.” The politician also criticizes the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project as “superfluous” and therefore also the federal government. The message to all “bad guys” in the world is: “You don’t have to fear any consequences.”

Current hour in the Bundestag on Navalny

4.46 p.m .: In the current hour of the German Bundestag, the topic on Friday is “The Federal Government’s Position on the Navalny Case” as the last item on the agenda from around 5 pm. The Russian opposition politician Alexej Navalny is in the Charité hospital in Berlin for medical treatment after a poison attack.

Russian police want to request an interview with Navalny in Germany

Friday, September 11th, 8:27 am: The Russian police want to request a questioning of the poisoned Kremlin critic Alexej Navalny in Germany. As the Siberian police announced on Friday, Russia wants to ensure that Russian investigators can ask the opposition and other witnesses “clarifying and additional questions”. Russian investigators also want to accompany their German colleagues in their investigations.

Navalny was able to be brought out of the artificial coma by the doctors at the Berlin Charité and can be contacted. According to the federal government, a Bundeswehr laboratory has proven that Navalny was poisoned by a neurotoxin from the Novitschok group, which was developed in the former Soviet Union. Since this declaration, tensions between Berlin and Moscow have intensified massively.

The Russian government rejects any guilt in the Navalny case and called on the German government, among other things, to provide it with the Bundeswehr laboratory results. According to Moscow, no traces of poison were found in Navalny’s body during the two-day treatment and examination in the hospital in Omsk, Siberia.

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