Russian agent ‘tricked into detailing Navalny assassination bid’ – BBC News
In a conversation with Alexei Navalny, a person identified as an FSB officer Konstantin Kudryavtsev explained that the politician would have died if it had not been for the prompt landing in Omsk and the atropine administered to him by ambulance doctors.
A recording of a conversation with one of the alleged participants in the assassination attempt on Alexei Navalny has been posted online. It was published by the politician himself.
According to him, he made several calls to members of a group of FSB officers allegedly involved in the poisoning, including Konstantin Kudryavtsev. The oppositionist allegedly called through a special application, so Kudryavtsev believed that they were calling him from his work phone. This number was also used by FSB officers as a switchboard for communication with high-ranking officers..
Navalny introduced himself as an assistant to the head of the FSB Nikolai Patrushev, Maxim Ustinov, and asked to clarify some points necessary for reporting to the authorities.
In a conversation with Alexei Navalny, a person identified as an FSB officer, Konstantin Kudryavtsev, explained that the politician would have died if it had not been for the prompt landing in Omsk and the atropine administered to him by ambulance doctors. The interlocutor of Navalny also said that the poisonous substance was applied to Navalny’s underwear..
At the time of the call, Navalny already knew that Kudryavtsev was involved in spying on him, and also flew to Omsk after Navalny was sent for treatment to Berlin, investigators say. Earlier, The Insider and Bellingcat wrote that Kudryavtsev — chemical protection specialist — specially flew to Omsk, as he knew how to eliminate traces of poison.
In the conversation, Kudryavtsev notes that he was given clothes for cleaning by a man named Mikhail, who heads the local FSB counterterrorism department. Navalny called him too. Mikhail refused to speak on the open line, but confirmed that he handed over the clothes to Kudryavtsev and worked with local transport police officers. This interlocutor of Navalny is identified as Mikhail Evdokimov. He is allegedly captured in a photograph among people in civilian clothes in the office of the chief physician in the Omsk hospital, where Navalny was brought.
The alleged participant in the assassination attempt also names other possible participants in the poisoning. Including Vasily Kalashnikov, who was not previously named in the Bellingcat investigation. According to The Insider Kalashnikov — specialist in the field of gas chromatography. It is a state-of-the-art method for detecting traces of chemicals, such as nerve poison, in biological samples..