Nerve agent found on water bottle in Navalny’s hotel room

Water bottles are seen in a hotel room where Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny stayed during his recent visit in the Siberian city of Tomsk, on this still image from a social media video obtained.
Water bottles are seen in a hotel room where Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny stayed during his recent visit in the Siberian city of Tomsk, on this still image from a social media video obtained.
Image: SOCIAL MEDIA / REUTERS

The nerve agent used to poison Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was detected on an empty water bottle from his hotel room in the Siberian city of Tomsk, suggesting he was poisoned there and not at the airport, as previously thought, his team said on Thursday.

Navalny fell violently ill on a domestic flight in Russia last month and was airlifted to Berlin for treatment.

Germany says he was poisoned by a Novichok nerve agent.

Russia says it has seen no evidence he was poisoned.

A video posted on Navalny’s Instagram account showed members of his team searching the room he had just left in the Xander Hotel in Tomsk on August 20, an hour after they learnt he had fallen sick.

“It was decided to gather up everything that could even hypothetically be useful and hand it to the doctors in Germany.

“The fact that the case would not be investigated in Russia was quite obvious,” the post said.

It showed his team bagging several empty bottles of “Holy Spring” mineral water, among other items, while wearing protective gloves.

“Two weeks later, a German laboratory found traces of Novichok precisely on the bottle of water from the Tomsk hotel room,” the post said.

“And then more laboratories that took analyses from Alexei confirmed that that was what poisoned Navalny.

“Now we understand: it was done before he left his hotel room to go to the airport.” — Reuters

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