Bellingcat: FSB officers linked to Kara-Murza poisoning

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Bellingcat: FSB officers linked to Kara-Murza poisoning

Bellingcat claims that employees of the FSB Institute of Forensic Science followed Vladimir Kara-Murza during the period both before the first hospitalization and until the second

Bellingcat discovered that FSB officers who followed Alexei Navalny on the day of his poisoning systematically tracked the movements of opposition leader Vladimir Kara-Murza Jr. before his two poisonings – in 2015 and in 2017..

Bellingcat discovered that FSB officers who followed Alexei Navalny on the day of his poisoning systematically tracked the movements of opposition leader Vladimir Kara-Murza Jr. before his two poisonings – in 2015 and in 2017..

The number of overlapping trips – seven destinations and fourteen flights – makes the coincidence statistically incredible. The publicity of Kara-Murza and the picture of constant surveillance have significant similarities with other attempts to assassinate this FSB group, writes Bellingcat.

In 2015, Kara-Murza suddenly became ill while meeting with colleagues. Doctors diagnosed acute renal failure due to intoxication. For a long time, the politician was in a state of artificial coma, was connected to artificial life support devices. An examination conducted in France established a significant excess of the norm for the content of heavy metals in the politician’s body, but the Russian forensic medical examination was unable to confirm the poisoning.

In February 2017, Kara-Murza was hospitalized in critical condition in a Moscow hospital with the same symptoms as the first time. Kara-Murza survived. As he later said, doctors claimed that his chances of survival were about 5%..

Bellingcat claims that the FSB Institute of Forensic Science monitored Vladimir Kara-Murza during the period both before the first hospitalization and until the second. The investigation says that in the three months leading up to his 2015 hospitalization, Vladimir Kara-Murza was accompanied by suspected FSB officers at least four times during his travels in Russia. These were trips to Tomsk, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad and Kazan. The trip to Kazan took place from 22 to 24 May 2015. Kara-Murza and his entourage returned to Moscow less than 48 hours before the onset of symptoms of poisoning.

All trips were attended by Alexander Samofal, the alleged FSB officer. In a database that Bellingcat acquired on the black market, there is a reference to Samofal’s 2006 driver’s license. There, his address is indicated as military unit 2567, which corresponds to the address of the FSB border service academy in Golitsyno, near Moscow. During 2015-2016, Samofal accompanied Kara-Murza 12 times on his trips to different cities of Russia. Several times he was accompanied by an alleged employee of the Institute of Forensic Science of the FSB Konstantin Kudryavtsev (known from the investigation into the poisoning of Alexei Navalny), as well as Roman Mezentsev, a senior officer of the 2nd Directorate of the FSB.

The investigation says that the FSB group preferred poisoning outside of Moscow because of the poorer quality of medical care in the regions, and also because it is easier to get access to the victim’s hotel room there. In the case of Kara-Murza, who was poisoned in the capital, his travels around the country – to Kaliningrad, Tomsk, St. Petersburg and Kazan – allowed him to assume the surveillance of the special group. FSB operatives followed him everywhere. Similarly, he was followed in 2017..

Kara-Murza himself previously claimed that they deliberately tried to poison him with a substance that, according to his assumption, is available only to the Russian special services. As a motive for the crime, the oppositionist calls revenge for political activity in Russia, in particular, for lobbying the Magnitsky law, adopted in the United States in 2012. The law allowed for the introduction of sanctions against Russian officials and representatives of law enforcement agencies, which, according to Washington, violate human rights.

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