Russia Has Accused Germany Of Opposing The Investigation Of The Case Navalny
Russia's permanent representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Alexander Shulgin, in an interview with Interfax, spoke about Berlin's opposition to Moscow's pre-investigation check in the case of the founder of the anti-corruption Fund Alexey Navalny (FBK).
"Evidence of this is Berlin's refusal to cooperate with law enforcement agencies and medical institutions, in particular ignoring the requests of the Russian Prosecutor General's office, ignoring its obligations under the European Convention on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, as well as under article VII of the CWC," Shulgin said.
Russia's permanent representative to the OPCW added that it is necessary to look at the behavior of France and Sweden, which received samples of Navalny's tests and to which Russia has asked for legal assistance. Shulgin added that Russia does not abandon attempts to obtain materials on the case of the founder of FBK. Russia sent a request for information to the permanent representative of Germany to the OPCW, to which Germany is obliged to respond within ten days. "Depending on its content, we will determine our next steps, including at the OPCW site," Shulgin stressed.
Russia has been seeking the results of Navalny's examination by German specialists since August 27. Then the Prosecutor General's office sent a request to the German Ministry of justice and asked to provide the results of the analysis of the founder of FBK for study. The response to the request has not yet been received. The Berlin Prosecutor General's office said on September 11 that it would not pass on the information without Navalny's consent. Earlier, the German side refused to share data on the Navalny case, citing state secrets.
On August 20, Navalny lost consciousness during a flight from Tomsk to Moscow. He was taken to the Omsk hospital, where he fell into a coma. On August 22, the opposition leader was transferred to the Charite clinic in Berlin. On September 23, he was discharged.
German experts who examined Navalny claim that he was poisoned with poison from the Novichok group. OPCW experts, as well as France and Sweden, joined the analysis. European Union countries are pushing for Russia to launch an official investigation into Navalny's case. Moscow claims that it cannot do this without studying the materials of the survey of the founder of the FBK, based on which conclusions were made about his poisoning.