MOSCOW (Reuters) – An investigator from Tomsk working on the alleged poisoning of opposition politician Alexei Navalny visited his foundation's Moscow office on Wednesday, Ivan Zhdanov, director of the Anti-Corruption Foundation, told Reuters.
Navalny became ill during a flight from Siberia to Moscow in late August, after which he fell into a coma and was hospitalized in a clinic in Germany, where his condition improved. According to the German authorities, the oppositionist could have been poisoned with a nerve agent of the Novichok type.
Zhdanov said that the investigator wanted to interrogate two employees of the foundation who accompanied the politician in Siberia – Ilya Pakhomov and Maria Pevchikh.
According to Zhdanov, the investigator said that the poll was about “the situation with Navalny” and did not say the word “poisoning.”
“It is clear that they are conducting an investigation and they have three days left until it is over,” Zhdanov said, adding that following its results, the investigation must decide whether or not to open a criminal case.
The Russian authorities reported that in order to start a criminal investigation, they need to obtain additional medical data, which Germany does not provide.
(Anton Zverev, Maria Tsvetkova, text by Dmitry Antonov. Editor Marina Bobrova)