The Russian Interior Ministry has announced that it will ask its investigators to take part in the proceedings initiated in Germany to poison the opposition Alexei Navalni and also to hear the “explanations” it may give to the German authorities.
Navalni remains in the intensive care unit of a Berlin hospital, where he is being treated for the alleged poisoning he suffered on August 20 while flying from Siberia to Moscow. The Russian authorities have questioned the German version of the case, which presupposes intentional poisoning, and want to participate in the investigation.
The Ministry of the Interior confirmed in a statement that the investigative department was already preparing an additional application for legal aid from German authorities days after the Russian government complained about Berlin’s lack of cooperation.
Among other things, Moscow is demanding that Russian officials be present during the proceedings, “especially when they are listening to Navalni’s statements”, so that they can ask “additional questions”, according to the Sputnik agency.
Doctors at Charité Hospital reported Monday that the opponent had woken up from an induced coma and was responding to verbal stimuli, despite avoiding speculating about the possible effects of the drug he was given as a Novichok-type nerve agent.