In the case of the attack on Alexej Navalny, Germany turned to international specialists in chemical weapons. The letter is on Chillreport. Here it can be read in full.
In the case of the attack on Russian oppositionist Alexei Navalny, the German government turned to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Such correspondence rarely becomes public. T-online has the letter, however. In the following document, the editors documents the September 3 letter to OPCW director Fernando Arias.
The letter to the specialists
I turn to you today on a very serious matter.
As you probably know, Russian citizen Alexei Navalny arrived in Germany on August 22, 2020 for medical treatment after suspected poisoning.
On August 20, he collapsed aboard a plane in the Russian Federation, forcing the pilot to interrupt the flight from Tomsk to Moscow in Omsk, where Mr. Navalny received the first medical treatment at a local hospital. Mr Nawalny’s transfer to Germany was subsequently initiated by his family and friends [Herr Nawalny] has since been treated in the hospital “Charité – Universitätsmedizin” in Berlin. His condition remains serious, although his life no longer appears to be in immediate danger.
The plane at the port of Omsk: Alexej Navalny was brought to Germany with this CL60 machine. (Source: Elena Latypova / AP / dpa)
The medical team carried out a detailed analysis of the patient and confirmed on August 24 that Mr Navalny was suffering from symptoms of intoxication caused by a substance belonging to the group of cholinesterase inhibitors. With the support of the Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology of the German Armed Forces, a nerve agent of the so-called “Novitschok group” was identified as the cause of the poisoning.
Germany is deeply concerned about these findings as they indicate the use of a military weapon against Mr Navalny. That’s why we made this information public immediately today.
We request the Russian Federation to immediately conduct a transparent and comprehensive investigation into the conditions of the use of a toxic chemical in its territory and to make full use of the OPCW’s support and expertise.
I assure you that the German Government will continue to do its utmost to investigate this terrible incident. ‘
Following this letter, the OPCW announced that the organization has taken preparatory measures to be able to support Germany. On September 17, the federal government officially requested the assistance of the chemical weapons specialists, who immediately took samples from Navalny. The test results are currently awaiting. Laboratories in France and Sweden had already confirmed Novitschok’s findings. A few days ago, Russia also asked for support from the OPCW.