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Navalny received evidence of his poisoning by a Russian FSB officer

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny published a call record with one of the FSB officers, who, as the politician suggests, was involved in his poisoning. According to the oppositionist, the employee actually confirmed that they intended to kill Navalny.

The call was made on the morning of December 14 – a few hours before the publication of the joint investigation by The Insider and Bellingcat. Alexey Navalny called using a special application that allows to change the number. He introduced himself as Assistant of the Secretary of the Federal Security Service of Russia (FSB) Nikolai Patrushev and requested to shed light on some of the points required to report to the authorities.

At the time of the call, Navalny got information from Bellingcat and The Insider about Kudryavtsev’s involvement in spying on him and his flight to Omsk, where the poisoning occurred, after Navalny was taken to Berlin (Germany) for treatment.

Responding the “Assistant’s” question about the causes of the operation failure which should have ended in Navalny’s death, the man replies by the phone that he does not fully own the information, but considers the operation well organised. He attributed the failure to a coincidence, suggesting that this was due to the speedy landing of the plane in Omsk and the prompt actions of the ambulance brigade.

The collocutor also said that the poison was applied to the panties, special attention was paid to the seams inside of the underwear. He added that such an order was given by the FSB officer Stanislav Makshakov, the alleged leader of the group responsible for the operation.

Alexei Navalny published another conversation – with Mikhail Evdokimov, who, according to Kudryavtsev, gave him clothes for cleaning. According to The Insider, Evdokimov is a head of the Omsk FSB counter-terrorism department. He refused to discuss the operation in detail through an unencrypted telephone line, but confirmed that he had given Navalny’s clothes to Kudryavtsev.

The FSB has already responded to Navalny’s video record with Konstantin Kudryavtsev, a chemist of the FSB Institute of Criminalistics, calling it a “fake”, and adding that the use of phone number substitution is practiced by foreign special services in actions against Russia.

On December 14, Bellingcat and The Insider, in collaboration with Der Spiegel and the CNN television company, released an investigation suggesting that employees of the Russian Federal Security Service may be involved in the poisoning of Navalny. Investigators draw their conclusions based on data on flights and mobile communications. The investigation reports that a special unit of the FSB Institute of Criminalistics played a key role in the attempt on Navalny’s life.

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