Alexei Navalny: ‘Poisoned’ Russian opposition leader allowed to travel abroad for treatment
Tomsk court named Navalny a person claiming the role of a victim
Judge of the Kirovsky District Court of Tomsk Alexei Karpov never mentioned the name of the politician in his decision to refuse to initiate a criminal case into the poisoning of Alexei Navalny.
Navalny posted the document on his blog. In it, the oppositionist is called a person claiming the role of a victim.
The head of the legal department of the Anti-Corruption Foundation, Vyacheslav Gimadi, commenting on the court ruling, called it illegal, because legally it must contain information about the applicant and the person in whose interests the application is being filed.
In turn, the head of the human rights organization Apologia of Protest Aleksey Glukhov noted that he was faced with such a decision for the first time in his practice, since such documents should indicate in respect of whom the alleged crime was committed. Of course, there must be a surname, – said Glukhov, stressing once again that there are no materials of a judicial check in relation to an unidentified victim..
Earlier, the media have repeatedly drawn attention to the fact that Vladimir Putin and the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov, commenting on any events related to Navalny, fundamentally do not pronounce the name of the oppositionist, calling him either an Internet troublemaker, then this citizen, or a Berlin patient.
- One of the leaders of the Russian opposition, Alexei Navalny, was poisoned on August 20 – he lost consciousness on the plane on the way from Tomsk to Moscow. Navalny was hospitalized in an Omsk hospital and put into an artificial coma. Two days later, after the demands of Navalny’s wife and colleagues, he was transported to Berlin for treatment. The politician regained consciousness only after 19 days.
- Russian doctors ruled out the version about the deliberate poisoning of Navalny, explaining his condition with metabolic disorders. German specialists, as well as several independent European laboratories, found in the politician’s body traces of a chemical warfare agent similar in composition to the Novichok poison, which was used in the assassination attempt on a former employee of the Russian GRU Sergei Skripal in the British city of Salisbury. The British authorities suspect Russian special services of organizing this assassination attempt.
- The West demanded that the Kremlin investigate the circumstances of Navalny’s poisoning. Russian investigating authorities have refused to open a criminal case. After that, the European Union and the United Kingdom imposed sanctions on individuals and organizations that, in their opinion, either may be involved in the incident, or do not give a course to the investigation. Among them are FSB Director Alexander Bortnikov, First Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of Russia Sergei Kiriyenko, Presidential Envoy to the Siberian Federal District Sergei Menyailo and the State Research Institute of Organic Chemistry and Technology, in whose branch it is assumed that a substance from the Novichok group was being developed..
- Navalny himself believes that Russian President Vladimir Putin is personally behind the attempt on his life. Now the oppositionist is undergoing a rehabilitation course in Germany, after which he is going to return to his homeland and continue his political activities. The Kremlin denies accusations of involvement in the poisoning of Navalny, considering the incident a provocation of the West.