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Putin-critic Alexei Navalny says he was poisoned by a bottle of water in his hotel room and NOT a cup of tea at the airport

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Thursday, 17 September, 2020, 15:00
Putin-critic Alexei Navalny says he was poisoned by a bottle of water in his hotel room and NOT a cup of tea at the airport

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was poisoned by a bottle of water in his hotel room in the Siberian city of Tomsk, not at the airport as previously thought, his team said alongside a video posted on Navalny's Instagram account on Thursday.

Germany says he was poisoned by a Novichok nerve agent. Russia says it has seen no evidence he was poisoned. The video shows the room where Navalny stayed before catching the domestic flight, including two empty water bottles that were left on a desk. The water bottles are seen being placed in plastic bags.

The global chemical weapons watchdog confirmed Thursday that it had sent experts to Germany to collect samples from Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and that results of tests for Novichok poisoning were 'forthcoming'.

Berlin had formally requested its 'technical assistance' over Navalny's alleged poisoning, the Hague-based Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said.'A team of experts from the (OPCW's) Technical Secretariat independently collected biomedical samples from Mr Navalny for analysis by OPCW designated laboratories,' the OPCW said in a statement.
'Results of this analysis are forthcoming and will be shared with the German authorities.'

Putin-critic Alexei Navalny says he was poisoned by a bottle of water in his hotel room and NOT a cup of tea at the airport