‘I was poisoned twice’: Vladimir Kara-Murza – BBC Newsnight
Hristo Grozev stressed that he is not yet 100 percent ready to speak of anyone as a victim of poisoning.
Investigative journalist Hristo Grozev named on the Dozhd TV channel the names of people whose possible poisoning – and the involvement of a group of FSB officers suspected of poisoning Alexei Navalny in it – is being checked by the Bellingcat group.
The question of whether any other Russian public figure could have become a victim of poisoning arose after Grozev published data on movements across Russia in recent years by a group of people allegedly involved in the poisoning of Navalny. Social media users, in particular, found that the stay of some alleged FSB officers coincided with deaths from mysterious causes of Caucasian activists – Timur Kuashev and Ruslan Magomedragimov.
Grozev confirmed that there are a number of similar coincidences that Bellingcat is currently investigating. As an example of such a coincidence, he named the death of Timur Kuashev in Nalchik in 2014. A picture is already being formed that these poisoners had an operation in the North Caucasus, in which they chased [journalists] and, possibly, killed human rights defenders and journalists, Grozev said..
At the same time, he stressed that he did not want to talk about anyone as a victim of poisoning yet. I don’t want to name any names yet … Not having 100% proof, I’m not ready to say that, ”said Grozev.
In the context of the ongoing investigation, he mentioned two more names – public figure Vladimir Kara-Murza, Jr., who was hospitalized in February 2017, after which he was treated for a long time (he himself claims that he was poisoned), and politician Nikita Isaev, who died on the train from Tambov to Moscow in November 2019 (the cause of his death was then named as a heart attack). All of them have certain elements of coincidence that require additional investigation, the investigator concluded..
- Users of social networks previously drew attention to the fact that one of the FSB officers who subsequently took part in the surveillance of Navalny was in Nalchik at the time when journalist, human rights activist and Yabloko member Timur Kuashev died there. He was found dead on August 1, 2014 at the age of 27. A bruise was found under the left eye, and in the area of the left armpit there was an injection mark, which gave grounds to insist on the violent nature of his death. No internal damage was found, and experts suggested that the cause of death was poisoning with an unknown substance. Despite this, acute coronary insufficiency, which arose against the background of an unknown viral infection, was indicated as the cause of Kuashev’s death. The parents of the deceased, his friends and colleagues dispute this conclusion and insist that Kuashev was killed. In 2018, they applied to the ECHR.
- Back in December, Grozev reported that the same employees flew together to Grozny and Vladikavkaz. It is impossible that such a staff with such specialists existed only because of Navalny alone, the journalist noted, adding that the group had other goals..