Poisoning of Navalny: the Kremlin goes into deep defenses
Experts – on the likely consequences for the Russian authorities of the scandal with the attempt on the life of an opposition politician
The Kremlin continues to deny the very fact of the poisoning of Alexei Navalny, despite all the evidence presented, including a detailed report from the Berlin clinic Charité with a description of the clinical picture of the state of the opposition leader. The document was recently published in the authoritative scientific journal Lancet, which, in particular, previously posted positive information about the Russian vaccine against coronavirus.
Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov on Friday, December 25, regarding the publication, said only that «we do not read medical publications», and again referred to the alleged lack of official conclusions at Moscow’s disposal in connection with the poisoning of Navalny.
Charit Reporté once again confirmed that the Russian politician was poisoned. An article signed by 14 professors of medicine states that «a laboratory of the German Armed Forces designated by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has identified an organophosphate nerve agent from the group "Newbie" in blood samples taken immediately after the patient’s admission (to the clinic)».
The OPCW then confirmed this finding.
The news feeds of news agencies and media outlets in recent days, in general, can be characterized by the words: «not a day without Navalny». So, on the same Friday, according to media reports, the police searched the house of opposition leader Lyubov Sobol, who was then taken away for interrogation. The day before, Sobol called the apartment of the alleged FSB officer Konstantin Kudryavtsev, whom Navalny in his video called involved in the attempt on him.
The FSB called Navalny’s accusations a provocation, without saying anything on the merits of his telephone investigation, and the Kremlin continues to assert that the oppositionist’s sudden illness was caused by diabetes and pancreatitis..
Director of the Institute for Globalization and Social Movements Boris Kagarlitsky in the commentary for the Russian service «Voices of America» noted that Navalny’s revelatory video was a heavy moral blow to official Moscow. According to him, it is one thing when they are afraid of you, and quite another. – when they laugh at you. «Still, intelligence agencies are supposed to be mysterious and scary, – he added. – And now they look comical and at the same time still give the impression of losers, which badly affects their reputation. That is why they detain the same unfortunate Sobol only because she called Kudryavtsev at the door.».
It looks more like hysterics, stated Boris Kagarlitsky.
We will remind, the US State Department on the eve for the first time directly accused the FSB of poisoning the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
«US believes Russian FSB officers used a nerve agent "Newbie" for the poisoning of Navalny. There are no other plausible explanations for Navalny’s poisoning other than the involvement and responsibility of the Russian government.», – said a foreign ministry spokesman.
The State Department also believes that Russia’s inability to answer questions about Navalny’s poisoning is in itself eloquent.
To the editor-in-chief «Daily journal» Alexandru RyklinIn this regard, it seems that the situation with Navalny has gone so far that it no longer matters which administration is in power in the United States. According to him, now the leadership of any democratic state is still forced to properly respond to this story..
«The situation cannot be interpreted in different ways, it is absolutely unambiguous and unambiguous, – the interlocutor emphasized «Voices of America». – Today the whole world knows for sure that the Russian government tried to physically destroy its political opponent. – Alexei Navalny. Another thing is that if Washington adopts even tougher sanctions against Moscow, this will force the European Union and other countries to move more actively in the right direction, as is usually the case.».
The level of pressure on Moscow in the context of the assassination attempt on Navalny will obviously increase, Alexander Ryklin is sure. «Because «red line» passed, but the level of sanctions that was before that did not have a decisive impact on the behavior of the regime. This means that the level of measure must be increased».
At least it would make sense», summed up the journalist.
Boris Kagarlitsky agrees that this story is far from exhausted. It seems to him that the Russian elite considered Western sanctions to be a relatively temporary phenomenon and hoped that they «somehow they will resolve».
«And now in the near-Kremlin crowd they finally realized that as long as Putin is in power, there is no hope of reconciliation with the West, and it will only get worse. In addition, the situation that has arisen puts them in an extremely awkward position. Because, in principle, they themselves recognized Putin’s right to a lifetime presidency».
This was a particularly serious shock for those who hold capital and own real estate in the West, the sociologist concluded..