After being poisoned, Alexei Navalny called on the German government to stop the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. He also sharply criticized former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder.
Russian opposition politician Alexej Navalny has severely criticized former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder (SPD). “Gerhard Schröder is being paid by Putin. But if he tries to deny this poison attack now, it is really very disappointing,” Navalny told the “Bild”. Schröder had recently said that there were no “certain facts” about the poison attack on Navalny. Russia and President Vladimir Putin have personally received international criticism.
On Tuesday, the OPCW chemical weapons authority confirmed that the Kremlin’s opponent had been poisoned with a chemical neurotoxin from the Novichok group. Russian intelligence officials and members of the government had repeatedly stressed that all stocks of the poison developed during the Soviet era had been destroyed.
About Schröder, Navalny said: “After all, he is the former chancellor of the most powerful country in Europe. Now Schröder is Putin’s errand boy who protects murderers.” He has no doubt that Schröder has received secret payments from Putin.
Schröder worked closely with the Russian President during his time as Chancellor and is still friends with him. After the end of his political career, the former SPD leader took up leadership positions in the Russian energy industry. In addition to his position in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, he is chairman of the supervisory board of the Russian state energy company Rosneft and chairman of the board of the existing Nord Stream pipeline in the Baltic Sea.
Kremlin critic calls for construction of Nord Stream 2 to be halted
Navalny has now called on the German government and the European Union to crack down on oligarchs, politicians and companies near the Kremlin. “Sanctions against the whole country are not working. The most important thing is to issue entry bans for those who have benefited from the regime and to freeze their assets,” he said. “They misappropriate money, steal billions and on weekends they fly to Berlin or London, buy expensive apartments and sit in cafes.”
He also called for an end to the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and for an asset freeze and travel bans against individuals such as the chief conductor of the Munich Philharmonie Valery Gergiev.
Gergiev is a supporter of Putin and campaigned for his re-election. “If he loves the regime so much and wants Russia not to go the European route, then you have to tell him, you are a very talented musician, but we will no longer allow you to enter the EU. enjoying Putin’s regime, ”explained Navalny. Alternatively, Gergiev could give up public support for Putin.