Kremlin dismisses claims that Putin foe was poisoned as “empty noise”

In response to Western statements, the speaker of Russia’s lower parliament house charged Tuesday that Navalny’s condition could have resulted from a Western plot. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and other diplomats. “60 Minutes”: RT & Russian meddling


The Charité statement on Monday prompted another array of denials. Thomas Hartung, of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Maryland, said such substances are easy to detect, even days and weeks after the poisoning, and that “we will know soon which substance was used.”

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U.S. could take steps that will exceed Washington’s response to evidence of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. “I said at the time that the Russians could have just left a business card at the crime scene, because the substances can be so clearly traced.”
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Over the weekend, he was transferred to the Charité hospital in Berlin, where doctors on Monday said they have found indications of “cholinesterase inhibitors” in his system.These act by blocking the breakdown of a key chemical in the body, acetycholine, which transmits signals between nerve cells. Doctors in Omsk said they tested the politician for cholinesterase inhibitors and didn’t find any. Doctors in Omsk, where Navalny was first hospitalized, ruled out poisoning as a diagnosis 24 hours after the politician was admitted and said “a metabolic disorder” was a likely diagnosis. Embassy spokesperson, Rebecca Ross, said on Twitter.After the meeting, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Biegun warned Russian diplomats that if Navalny’s poisoning is confirmed, the U.S. “It was obvious that the crime would not be properly investigated and a culprit found. State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin in tasked lawmakers to look into what happened to Navalny to make sure it wasn’t “an attempt by foreign states to inflict harm on the health of a Russian citizen and create tension in Russia” in order to “come up with more accusations” against the country. “Clinical findings indicate poisoning”Charité said Monday that Navalny had undergone extensive examination by a team of physicians and that “clinical findings indicate poisoning with a substance from the group of cholinesterase inhibitors.”That covers a broad range of substances that are found in several drugs, but also in pesticides and nerve agents. and othersChancellor Angela Merkel personally offered Germany’s help in treating Navalny and has called for a full Russian investigation — a sentiment echoed Tuesday by officials from the United States, France and Norway. The editor-in-chief of the RT state-funded TV channel, Margarita Simonyan, speculated that the politician must have suffered from a sharp drop in blood sugar. The Russian government’s insistence that Navalny wasn’t necessarily the victim of a deliberate poisoning — comments amplified by Russian doctors and pro-Kremlin media — came a day after doctors at a German hospital where the 44-year-old is being treated said tests indicated he was poisoned.Moscow’s dismissals elicited outrage from Navalny’s allies, who claim the Kremlin was behind the illness of its most prominent critic. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the accusations against the government “absolutely cannot be true and are rather an empty noise.” “We do not intend to take it seriously,” Peskov said, adding that Navalny’s condition could have been triggered by a variety of causes and determining what it was should come first. Navalny is being treated with the antidote atropine. The Challenger


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“The Novichok nerve agents, used in the 2018 poisoning of the Russian double agent Skripal in England, also belong to this category of substance,” he said. The chief intensivist with Russia’s Heath Ministry, Igor Molchanov, questioned whether detecting “substances affecting cholinesterase” five days after Navalny fell ill was at all possible. Warnings from U.S. “Favored method of poisoning””Cholinesterase inhibitor poisons can be given in many ways, they can be transported in many forms, and are very potent,” said Dr. However, we all know perfectly well who that is,” Yarmysh tweeted. 01:57

Moscow — The Kremlin brushed off allegations Tuesday that Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was the victim of an intentional poisoning orchestrated by authorities and said there were no grounds for a criminal investigation so far since it hasn’t been fully established what caused the politician to fall into a coma. “This is why they are a favored method of poisoning people.”Dr. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that if reports about Navalny’s poisoning “prove accurate, the United States supports the (European Union’s) call for a comprehensive investigation and stands ready to assist in that effort.”

On Tuesday, U.S. Peskov said Tuesday that specialists in Omsk noted “lowered levels of cholinesterase” — an obstruction of cholinesterase enzymes can be detected by blood tests, experts say — in his body in a matter of “hours” after he was brought in, but that it could have been triggered by a number of causes, including by “taking various medications.” “Only Putin personally…”Navalny’s spokeswoman, Kira Yarmysh, on Tuesday said the government’s reluctance to launch an investigation was expected. He expressed deep concern about Navalny’s condition, “the impact on Russian civil society of reports of his poisoning, and the importance of transparency and freedom of speech in any democratic society,” the U.S. U.S. Medical specialists carry Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on a stretcher into an ambulance on their way to an airport before his medical evacuation to Germany, in Omsk, Russia, August 22, 2020. 


Navalny, a politician and corruption investigator who is one of Putin’s fiercest critics, fell ill on a flight back to Moscow from Siberia on Thursday and was taken to a hospital in the Siberian city of Omsk after the plane made an emergency landing. Some pro-Kremlin news outlets alleged that Navalny mixed moonshine with sleeping pills. On Wednesday, the head of Navalny’s anti-corruption foundation claimed it was “clear that only Putin personally could have sanctioned Navalny’s poisoning… He hates what the FBK [foundation] does too much, exposing him and his entourage.”Western experts have cautioned that it is far too early to draw any conclusions about how the agent may have entered Navalny’s system, but note that Novichok, the Soviet-era nerve agent used to poison former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Britain, was a cholinesterase inhibitor. Richard Parsons, a senior lecturer in biochemical toxicology at King’s College London. Charité said the specific substance to which Navalny was exposed isn’t yet known but that a further series of comprehensive tests had been started. presidential election.The ministry said Russian diplomats warned Biegun against making unfounded accusations and noted that Russian authorities stand for a “thorough and maximally objective investigation of what happened.”It pointed at a “suspicious haste” with which Washington and Brussels talked about Navalny’s deliberate poisoning, saying it raised a question of “who profits from it.” “The Russian leadership definitely doesn’t,” the ministry said. Russia’s alternative theoriesRussian government officials, medical specialists and state-controlled media offered a variety of possible explanations for Navalny’s condition. “If a substance (that caused the condition) is found, and if it is determined that it is poisoning, then there will be a reason for an investigation,” Peskov said.