The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, on Tuesday called on the Russian government to conduct, or at least work on, a “thorough, transparent and independent investigation” into the poisoning of the opposition Alexei Navalni.
After the UN human rights chief celebrated that the opponent had come out of a coma, he said “the number of poisoning cases and other forms of selective murder of Russian or former citizens both in Russia and in other countries is very worrying.” occurred in the past two decades “.
He has also argued that it is “very unfortunate and difficult to explain or justify” that “in many cases we are unable to bring those responsible to justice and do justice to the victims and their families”.
Since neurotoxic agents and radioactive isotopes such as novichok – the substance that would have poisoned Navalni and which was also used against ex-spy Sergei Skripal – and polonium-210 – used against ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko – they are very complex Substances and come from sources that are extremely difficult to find. This “raises many questions”. “Why are such substances used? Who uses them? How do they get them?” Said the former Chilean president.